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The heart of following Jesus isn't about getting anything and everything we want right now. Following Jesus is about turning a blind eye to the shallow and instantaneous and slowly, surely, steadily, faithfully planting our lives here, there and everywhere for his glory.
Generous, faithful, awesome. George Haynes trumpets these attributes of God in a series of stewardship sermons.
When I heard George give one of these inspiring stewardship meditations, I asked him if he would give them to me so I could post them on the Stewardship for the 21st Century Web site. "That way," I told him, "they will be globally and ecumenically available."
I was thrilled when I received the packet in the mail from this faithful and long-serving pastor and am pleased to make them available for your inspiration.
To appreciate them, you need to read them out loud with passion and conviction. Be excited about what God is doing! Proclaim loudly in many ways, "Our God is a God of abundance." God speaks through these sermons; lives are shaped and changed by them. Through them, you will encounter a living, loving, inviting, giving and grace-filled God.
(Note: The title of each excerpt below is a link to the complete sermon text.)
Here are helpful tips as you prepare to preach a "financial stewardship" sermon.
Christ the King
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
The question is not "How much of what is mine should I give to God?" The question is "How much of what is God's can I in good conscience keep for myself?"
The question is not "Am I able to give?" The question is "Am I willing to give?"
The question is not "How much money does the church need?" The question is "How much do I need to give to feel right about what I am doing?"
The question is not "Can I?" The question is "Will I?"
Text: Matthew 20:1-16
"God just cannot stand it that anyone should be less than what God has created them to be.
"God cannot sit still so long as anyone is on the 'outside' or lost . . . . 'standing idle' in the market place, apart from God, or from God's household.
"So God continually comes into 'the marketplace' of your life . . . calling you . . . inviting you.
"The glorious truth is, that you are in the vineyard, not as a hired laborer, but as the very child of God; as a member of God's own family."
By God's grace, you are called to be a steward; to be a worker together with God, and with one another, "Bringing God's will and purposes to fulfillment. There can be no greater joy than this!"
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