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Text: Micah 6:6-8
This sermon defines stewardship and invites the participants to reflect on answers to these two question:
1. Who were the people in my life that helped shape my understanding, actions or appreciation of stewardship and what made their efforts so memorable to me?
2. What attitudes and actions made a significant difference and inspired stewardship in me?
Text: Mark 10:17-31
We can't buy our way into heaven. We can't earn it or deserve it. But we are a part of God's kingdom because God gives that to us as a gift. When the rich, young ruler shows up, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to give his all. He is going there to suffer and die on a cross so that we might live. We have the promise of an eternal relationship with God, not because of what we do, but because of what God has done for us.
"We talk about how we spend our money reveals what sort of people we are. But according to Jesus, how we spend our money determines what sort of people we become. Treasure is not just money -- it is whatever we value -- time, possessions, families, physical bodies. And Jesus says that what we do with our treasures affects our hearts -- it determines who we are inside. It determines what sort of people we become."
First of three stewardship sermons from Peace Lutheran - link together
2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Matthew 25:14-30
Pastor Obed Nelson delivers a sermon about what it means that we share with others the first fruits of the gifts that have been given to us by God. This sermon holds great personal and reflective stories.
Text: 1 Chronicles 29:10-16
"When God gives, God gives abundantly. When God bestows, God bestows lavishly!
"God not only deliberately calls and chooses you and me to work together with God and with each other in making God's dream come true and bringing that vision to reality, but God also entrusts to your hands and mine everything we could possibly need to get that job done -- everything we could possible need!"
Texts: Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Psalm 145:16
A sermon in which the preacher invites people to consider their hands as an expression of discipleship. The listener is invited to consider the difference between hands which are open to help, heal, share, and bless as Jesus does and hands that are closed, hard, and tight-fisted.
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