This week we begin a new worship/sermon series called “The Joy of Generosity.” It was originally developed by Robert Heerspink, and was published in the March 2001 issue of Reformed Worship.
So why a sermon series on stewardship? Well, I’m asking myself that question this week as I prepare for this series. You see, this isn’t a comfortable topic for me, as it can be controversial. And yet just as we should review our personal budgets, spending habits, values and goals from time to time, so should we occasionally review the topic of stewardship as a church. Money can be an important tool for life and ministry, but it can also be a hindrance for life and ministry. As Robert Heerspink says in his introduction to this series: “Maintaining spiritual vigor in the midst of great wealth was a challenge for the church of past centuries–and still is for the church today. We have been entrusted with incredible resources. How do we prevent that wealth from sapping our spiritual strength and making us simply a congregation of consumers? By seeing ourselves as stewards of the Lord’s riches.”
We ended our Epiphany sermon series with the fishermen laying down their nets and following Jesus (Matthew 4). So what “nets” are keeping you from fully following Jesus? It’s time to lay them down. And what “nets” can we use to maximize our Kingdom impact in the community and effectively fulfill our mission? I invite you to reflect on these questions with me as we begin our series on stewardship this Sunday. (Week One: “Trees, Time, Talents, Treasures”)