In the excellent book, The Treasure Principle, author Randy Alcorn teaches us that there is one great way to sum up the Bible’s teaching on Stewardship. He says it this way, “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead!” This is laying up treasure in Heaven. Jesus spoke more about giving than he did about heaven and hell combined! I heard one pastor say this, “The nerve that runs from a man’s spiritual life to his wallet is the most sensitive of all!”The outward fruit of many conversions in the Bible were demonstrations of giving. Think of Zacchaeus who restored what he had taken from people “four-fold”. When Jesus heard this he said, “Today salvation has come to this house . . . “ (Luke 19:8-9) It only makes sense that when a person is truly converted, their stewardship in all areas (including financial) will change.
The Joy of Giving is our November emphasis on Christian stewardship. Our people are studying passages on stewardship in Sunday School and I am preaching messages on Sunday Morning on this same wonderful topic. A church is not faithful to the teaching of the Bible if it never talks about these matters.
All of this will conclude with our annual Harvest Festival Banquet, scheduled for Sunday night, November 22 at 6pm. Mrs. Ann and Mr. Ben Davis will prepare a fabulous dinner for us to enjoy. Our special speaker will be Dr. Mac Brunson, from First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Florida. Dr. Brunson leads a mammoth congregation with the heart of a loving shepherd. I know you will not want to miss this special night. We will be signing up in Sunday School so make sure you get on the list. This will be a night you won’t want to miss.