28 Oct A Season of Gratitude and Giving
Our sermon series in November stresses the importance of giving generously of our time, talents, and treasure. The familiar themes of generosity and faithfulness are needed even more so now as we close in on the end of a very difficult year.
God continually provides for our needs, and our response should be one of gratitude and grace.
The first message of the month stems from a challenge given to the church at Corinth. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9.6-7).
The Apostle Paul was providing the church at Corinth an opportunity to assist the church in Jerusalem who was still reeling from the effects of a famine. Christians also were suffering from persecution, and many of them would have lost their inheritance and economic well-being due to their association with Christ. Corinth had been blessed, and their contributions would be a blessing to Christians in another place.
It’s also important to note that Christians came come together for a project or a task without agreeing on theological issues. The beauty of this partnership related to Gentiles and Jews coming together for a common purpose. The lesson is that we can accomplish many things for Christ if we do not care who gets the credit for them. And, if we can come together to serve others in the name of Christ, then additional bridges of cooperation can be built.
I know it seems like an odd time to preach on generosity and giving, yet these timeless themes are as important now as they’ve ever been. We are in a pandemic for the foreseeable future, and people all around us need spiritual and physical needs met. It’s important that we do our best to remain vigilant and faithful in our financial support of our church’s mission and ministries.
Remember, a percentage of our financial contributions go to causes beyond the walls of our building. We are part of a larger Baptist family and these organizations are counting on churches like ours to continue supporting them. I’m thinking primarily of the SBC and CBF missionaries who are relying on us.
You all have been absolutely amazing in your financial support. I appreciate so much your faithfulness and support. Many of you are taking advantage of the giving option on our website, mailing in your contribution, setting up a bank draft, or putting your contribution in the offering box in the worship areas. This is a great blessing!
The holidays are upon us. May God help us to remember that our giving is an expression of how we are living for the Lord; both in our community and beyond.