New Blog Post: Introducing a Sermon Series on Stewardship: “The Joy of Generosity”

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”)

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4 thoughts on “New Blog Post: Introducing a Sermon Series on Stewardship: “The Joy of Generosity”

  1. I look forward to hearing your message. My Prayers will be with you. Speak with confidence that the Lord will guide your words. Blessings brother kirk

    • Thank you for your prayers and encouragement, Brother Kirk. I look forward to beginning this journey of stewardship, and pray that the people will be able to enter in–through Jesus Christ our Lord. Have a blessed weekend! –Brother Leon

      On Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:39:31 +0000, Pastor Leon Johnston

  2. Hello, a google search to listen to a sermon showed me a link to this. I just want to say thank you for still using my father’s sermons and ideas. He passed away 1 1/2 years ago and it really means a lot to me that he is still influencial

    Blessings to you and your congregation
    Amy

    • Hi Amy,
      So good to hear from you! Yes, your father’s sermon series on stewardship is excellent! My congregation really enjoyed it. We have been encouraged to give generously with joy–thanks be to God!
      May the Lord continue to comfort you as you grieve your father’s death. May His joy be your strength always!
      –Leon H. Johnston
      Wolf Creek Community Church
      Lacombe, AB

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