Stewardship

The stewardship department encourages faithful financial support of the Lord’s work through spiritual motivation. It has a selection of materials to assist the church in educating church members in faithful tithing and support of church budget.

 

Offertory Reading

June 4 - Local Church Budget

How can someone be rich toward God? Luke 12:13–22 describes a man who wanted Jesus to convince his brother to divide their family’s inheritance with him. Jesus, however, followed the inquiry with a series of teachings that are still relevant to Christian living today.

Jesus warned against greed. One’s life should not consist of accumulating possessions. Next He urged listeners to seek the kingdom of God, centering their lives on God’s eternal kingdom. The promise is that God will provide for the physical needs of those who give priority to God’s kingdom. The third piece of advice is one of response. The disciple who trusts God will be a good, watchful steward. In fact, the owner might come at any time and will hold the steward accountable. “For everyone to whom much is given ... much will be required” (Luke 12:48).

Many are tempted to think of men such as John D. Rockefeller Jr. or Albert Schweitzer when reading this passage. One inherited a fortune, which he never thought of as his own. He served God and humanity with it. The other was one of the most gifted men of all time. He used his gifts freely for God and humanity (Campbell Ferenbach, Preaching Stewardship, 62).

But what about ordinary people like you and me? What has God given you? Has God given you property, speech, strength, or influence? “According to the talents bestowed will be the returns called for” (Stewardship, 116). Being rich toward God is about where your treasure is. Your heart follows your treasure. Where is your heart today? May the Lord help you to be rich toward God as you support the local ministry with your offerings today.

 

 

THIRTEENTH SABBATH OFFERINGS 2016

South American Division March 26*

South Pacific Division June 25*

East-Central Africa Division September 24*

Inter-European Division December 31*

 

MISSION INVESTMENT PROJECTS 2016

Atlantic Union Conference

Southwestern Union Conference

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