Joyful stewardship

 proclaiming with our life that jesus is our treasure

 brothers + sisters

The Psalmist declared in Psalm 24:1 that, “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” We are not owners. We are stewards. Nothing in this world truly belongs to us. It belongs to the Creator of all there is. Even our very lives do not belong to us; we belong to the Lord. It’s the Lord who gives us our very breath. It’s the Lord who causes our heart to beat. It’s the Lord who gives us life. We belong to him. The apostle Paul encouraged the people of God in Romans 12:1 to, “by the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship.” We are called to steward God’s posessions. To steward means to manage something on someone’s behalf. As God’s people, his possession, we want to continually grow in faithfulness to steward all God has given us. Since Jesus is our treasure, our joy, and our delight, our desire is to see growth as a church, by God’s grace, in three areas:

 

spiritual growth

In what ways are you disciplining yourself to become more like Jesus? Is there regular confession and repentance of sin? Is there regular reading and study of God’s Word? Is prayer constant in your life? Are you in community with other believers? No one ever stumbles into godliness. It’s through disciplined and grace-driven effort that we become more like Jesus. Commit this next year to stewarding your life to grow in grace and truth.

 service

Jesus himself came to this earth not to be served but to serve. Therefore, we follow his example. We were saved that we might now serve. Gospel-centered serving is an expression of love and stewardship of grace marked by humility, generosity, and hospitality and empowered by a passion for the glory of God. Every one of us, by God’s grace, has been provided, by the Holy Spirit, certain gifts to use for the building up of the church for the glory of God. For the church to be all that God intends for us to be, we need you to use your gifts to serve. Commit this next year to stewarding your gifts and skills that God has given you to help edify the body.
 

 generosity

The stewardship of our finances is a tremendous and often over- looked area of our lives where we can faithfully proclaim the gospel. Giving strengthens our devotion to Christ and frees us to live open-handedly with the gifts God gives us. The gospel drives our generosity. God has given us His most beloved Son, Jesus. Therefore, we joyfully and gratefully give to proclaim that Jesus is our greatest treasure. So, we are called to give generously, to give cheerfully, to give sacrificially, to give spontaneously, to give regularly, and to give thankfully. Commit this next year to stewarding the finances that God, in his grace, has given you to help further the gospel message in our community and among the nations.
 
 
 
 
 
Our desire is for each member and regular attender of Calvary to complete the forms below by October 28. The Giving Form submissions will only be seen by our Business Office.
 
 
 

 be wise and attend

to obeying. let christ

manage the providing.

 

/ charles spurgeon