Sermon Series: Why I Give

10/27 - 11/18/2018

Many churches like to talk about giving in relationship to the work of the church. The problem is that the focus is in the wrong place. The heart of what it means to give isn’t about the support of an institution, no matter how good. The act of giving is about a state of generosity. Giving begins not with a what, but with a why. Everything changes. The act of giving becomes not a burden but a privilege, an opportunity to take on an essential characteristic at the heart of God, who so loved the world, he gave.


11/17 - 11/18/2018 | Why Not?

In the middle of several stories in Matthew’s gospel about meeting people in their place of need, Jesus stops the most selfish man in town and challenges him to learn what it means to give. When we give, we see that God does more than give us things in return - God is giving himself, through his son Jesus and through the Holy Spirit, who reshapes our hearts to be like Christ’s. Our generosity becomes a reflection of the love, sacrifice and self-emptying of the Creator, who is the source of all gifts.

11/10 - 11/11/2018 | For God

We give because God is the source of every good thing in our lives. While we may begin giving for a variety of personal interests and needs, we eventually discover that through our belief in and journey with Jesus, we become members of his holy church and that in this holy community we are called to a duty and a responsibility to give.

11/3 - 11/4/2018 | For Others

Paul describes the church as an interconnected organism in which nutrients benefit the whole body and not just one part. While our motivation to give may begin with our own needs, we soon discover that the need is great, and when we give, we help others. As Jesus says, “The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers. Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.”

10/27 - 10/28/2018 | For Us

While it may seem counter to the selflessness Jesus aspires us to attain, why we give begins with our own story. Just as people asked Jesus for help, and he responded with compassion, why we give may begin with us - for the betterment of our loved ones, our families and friends, and ourselves. Be encouraged! Jesus loves us and meets us in our places of need.

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