The theme for this year’s stewardship emphasis is titled Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith, and Love. We will begin this emphasis on the weekend of November 5 & 6, 2016. As God’s people, we have been given the high honor of being His stewards. As His stewards, we are called to manage faithfully all that we’ve been entrusted with according to God’s will and benefit. Because of God’s generous gifts of grace, faith, and love, we can accomplish all that God asks us to do. God works in and through us as we become His hands, feet, and mouth. Each week during this three-week emphasis, we will be focusing on one of the three virtues, grace, faith, and love.
In week one, our focus is on God’s undeserved kindness and love which the Bible calls grace. God’s grace comes from God through Jesus and His work for us. It is not something we have a right to. Jesus obtained it for us. We get it freely because of the obedience and sacrifice of Jesus. This saving grace also enables and motivates us to be God’s stewards. The power of God’s grace in our lives compels us to use our time, talents, and money in ways that glorify God.
In week two, we are reminded that it is through faith that we have access into God’s grace and a new relationship with Him. Through faith, God changes us, and we are born anew of Him. Not only does faith justify us and give us peace with God (Romans 5:1), we are told by James and other writers that faith produces works (James 2:18). Faith leads to action. Through faith, we are empowered to fulfill God’s purposes. Our deeds as stewards are evidence of our faith.
The third week we will focus on the virtue of love. Love ought to follow faith. Love seeks the welfare of others. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:11-12). God’s love in Christ will compel us to do things that appear foolish to unbelievers. God’s love prompts us to give freely of our time, talents, and treasures to help others and extend His kingdom.
We hope and pray that God will use the sermon messages on Stewards Transformed by Grace, Faith, and Love to draw you closer to Him. I also urge you to make every effort to attend the Bible studies as we focus on grace, faith, and love.
Our Board of Finance/Stewardship & Pastor Ken Davidson