Episode 011 – To Live Is To Give

Key Passage(s): Mark 10:45; Acts 20:35

The Sea of Galilee is bursting with life and vitality. The Dead Sea is toxic and nothing can survive. And yet they’re both fed by the same source – the Jordan River. How can this be? The answer is utterly fascinating, and its truth speaks to one of the most significant realities of how we flourish in life.

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Where do you find yourself functioning more like the Sea of Galilee? The Dead Sea?
  • Where do you desire to grow in your capacity to give (and don’t think just in terms of finances)?
  • Being like the Sea of Galilee isn’t something that just happens. We have to practice it. We do it because it’s right and good, not because it makes us feel good (and many times it doesn’t make us feel good). How can you “practice” this kind of giving?
  • What’s one step you can take in living out this truth this week?

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  1. Yves3963 April 17, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Great video Brad. Thanks for making me discover Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, his video on praise (http://rabbisacks.org/power-praise-tazria-metzora-5778/) is a powerful extension to what you teach today.

    • Brad Gray April 19, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Oh fantastic! Thanks for sharing that link, Yves.

  2. June Galasinski April 17, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Awesome teaching!! I am sending this to everyone on my list!!

  3. Karl Figg May 6, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Brad, I apologize I have been remiss in providing you some feedback. Holly, Simeon and I have been throughly enjoying The Teaching Series. I always watch it at least once and then listen to the podcast 2 or 3 times to lock in the teaching. You are doing a great job using visuals to enhance the lesson and if anyone is only listening to podcasts they are missing out on some great supporting material.
    This particular lesson and tying it into the Land of Israel (the 5th gospel), is a great reminder of the purpose of Blessings. In concert with this lesson, I believe you talked about Gen 12:2-3 on one of your trips. You pointed out then that blessings are always given to us so that we may be a blessing to others. That you for your ministry. We look forward to seeing you at the IBC conference in June.

    • Brad Gray May 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your kind comments, Karl. Much love to you and your wonderful family!

  4. Chris Decker May 31, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    We are taking Mosaic Church to Fremont Lake this coming Sunday 6/3/18 and this teaching is going to be the background for our teaching. Also spending time discussing how we all need to share the word of God and what we learn or it is almost a waste of time. Seeing our services are more like a classroom with a lot of interaction than that of a typical church setting, this is going to be fun and exciting for us to share as a community.

    Thank You for all you do for us to be able to share the Kingdom.

    • Brad Gray July 1, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

      What a great idea, Chris. I hope it went well.

  5. Mark Farmer June 6, 2018 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Hey Brad,

    Thanks for putting the effort into the series. It’s been a great source for our small group study.

    You might want to update your key verse at the top to Mark 10:45, to match the video.


    • Brad Gray July 1, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Thank you for your kind comments, Mark. And thank you for catching the Mark passage discrepancy!

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