For three weeks in November we’ll be stepping aside from our regular fall series to look at what God’s Word has to say about giving. Yes—that kind of giving: we’re talking about $$$.
Why? It’s not because we’re in a financial crisis as a church. I’m not preaching about money because we’re desperate for it. In fact, I’ve timed this series to fall during a season when giving is generally strong, to remove any suspicion that this is simply about paying the bills.
Nor is it because I think some members aren’t giving enough. The truth is, as Lead Pastor, I don’t know what anybody in the church gives. And I like it that way. It disentangles my relationships in the church from the awkwardness or undue influence that can come with money, and it frees me to preach clearly and boldly what God says about money without anyone thinking I’m picking specifically on them.
No, we’re spending three weeks on this subject because giving is an essential part of Christian discipleship. The reality is that all that we have, no matter how hard we’ve worked for it, is ultimately a gift from God’s hand (cf. Ps. 24:1; 1 Chr. 29:16; Jms. 1:17). We are simply stewards, entrusted with it for a time by God’s grace, for God’s purposes. So how we think about the resources we’ve been given, and what we do with those resources, especially our money, is inextricably related to our walk with Christ.
More specifically, what we spend our money on is a window into what rules our hearts—what we worship, who we love. That means the motivation for our giving is just as important as the giving itself. Real giving flows from a heart that has been transformed by the gospel and treasures Christ above all things. As Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
So join us for this short series as we consider what it means to love Jesus and follow Jesus through gospel-fueled stewardship:
- Nov. 11: Giving as Worship (Matt. 6:19-24)
- Nov. 18: Giving as Grace (2 Cor. 8:1–9:15)
- Nov. 25: Giving as Partnership (Phil. 4:10-20)