Open-Handed | Sermon Series | The Donelson Fellowship

God so loved the world that He gave… Our Heavenly Father is the giver of all good things and we will not be like Him until we develop a lifestyle of generosity. In her classic book, The Hiding Place, holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom remarked, “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” How do we learn this open-handed existence that mirrors God’s extravagant life-changing love? In our November sermon series, “Open-Handed,” we will apply the principles of eternity to the problems of today. Come and learn with us how to become generous people of God who serve our communities in ways that reflect those eternal values.

Open-Handed Cards and Ideas

 There is no doubt that small things done with great love can change the world. An act of kindness with no strings attached is a great way to show the love of Jesus to those around us in an open-handed way.

Who doesn’t like to be given a free cup of coffee on a cold day? Especially by someone who  really cares. This type of servant evangelism wins the heart before it confronts the mind. A small act of kindness nudges a person closer to God, often in a profound way.

Here are some “acts of kindness” ideas. You’ll hear responses like, “Oh, thank you!” “This is so nice!” “I can’t believe this is for free!” and, “Why are you doing this?”

With each act, leave the Open-Handed card with them to let them know that God loves them. Kindness builds the bridge for the person to receive the love of God and find their personal freedom, purpose, and fulfillment in Christ. It’s simple, practical, effective, inexpensive…and fun!

Ideas for Acts of Kindness

  1. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to a neighbor or co-worker.
  2. Bring flowers to someone.
  3. Offer to babysit for free.
  4. Pay for someone’s Starbucks coffee behind you in the drive-through.
  5. Pay for someone’s fast food meal behind you in the drive-through.
  6. Send a note of encouragement to someone.
  7. Give another driver your parking spot.
  8. Give a treat to the postman or delivery person.
  9. Leave a big tip for a waiter or waitress.
  10. Pay for someone’s movie that is behind you in line.
  11. Slip a $20 bill to someone who you know is struggling financially.
  12. Pay for someone’s meal or dessert at a restaurant.
  13. Bake goodies and take them to the police station, fire station, or hospital.
  14. Take a box of doughnuts to a school, office, etc.
  15. Cook a meal for a neighbor or co-worker.


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