Session #2

To deepen our roots and widen our reach will take a move of God. Throughout our 90 plus year history, God has done amazing things through the faithfulness of God’s people on the CityRise campuses. But what we are embarking on now is the most ambitious campaign we’ve ever undertaken. If God doesn’t move powerfully, we have every reason to believe that it will fail. But what seems like a huge, ambitious project to us, is nothing to our God. 


We’ve put together this campaign and curriculum to share our hearts, teaching, stories, and inspiration so that we can get on the same page with a God who never fails. You’ll find sermon notes, vision, plans and stories here to help you grow in faith, maturity, and excitement for what God is going to do.

Growing Deep and Wide

Challenges My Trust

Session #2

Why are we sometimes not as generous as we could be? The struggle to trust God is at the heart of the struggle to be generous. In session 2, Roger and Dan discuss the profound concept of the roots under a vast tree, looking at Jeremiah 17:7-8. It includes, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream.” Jeremiah has painted a vivid picture of the fruitful blessing of trusting God, which is lived out in faithfulness towards God’s command to give back to Him some of what He has given to us. Our round table group will discuss how this concept has manifested in their own lives, and the ways God is continuously helping them to overcome their own lack of trust as they learn to grasp God’s definition of abundance and generosity.

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