Why we talk about money
It’s a Spiritual Issue
Stewardship is directly linked to our journey of discipleship. How we use our resources is primarily a spiritual issue, not a financial one. The quality of that decision is determined by the spiritual condition of our heart.
Jesus Talked About It
Jesus spoke openly about money and possessions. About two-thirds of the parables and about one in every ten verses in the Gospels address this very issue. As followers of Jesus, we should not be reluctant to talk about giving as an outward expression of our love for Christ.
It’s Not About the Budget
In stewardship campaigns, it can be tempting to approach the financial needs of the church as if we were simply funding the budget. In Taking the Next Step, we acknowledge that that living generously is an inseparable part of our following Christ. God does not need our money; rather, we need to give it as an act of gratitude and trust.
It’s About Trust
As we learn to trust God more and follow Christ’s teaching more faithfully, we learn to depend less on ourselves and more on God, relinquishing attitudes and habits that impede our relationship with God.
Taking the Next Step
Stewardship is not our way of raising a budget. It is God’s way of raising disciples. Starting Sunday, Oct. 21, our church will take a spiritual journey in generosity out of s sense of gratitude in response to God’s goodness and blessings in our lives. We’ll discover the joy of growing in our relationship with God as we begin Taking the Next Step in our faith journey and living generously.
Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving
This fall we will read together the Extravagant Generosity, Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving by Bishop Schnase. Designed to provide daily Bible readings for the four weeks of the program, it will lead us to explore such questions as “Why do we give,” “Who benefits most from our giving,” and “Where does true contentment come from?” By reading and following this guide to the spiritual discipline of stewardship, we will experience afresh the joy of serving God with our time, talents, and gifts.