Nov 10, 2019 | Rev. Joshua Hagstrom
Tithing Generously week 1
Christ calls for his disciples to be generous. John Wesley, the founder of
Methodism, spoke often of this financial generosity. His message of "Earn
all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can." still hold true for us today. If
you would like to dive deeper into Wesley's view on stewardship, check out
his sermon The Use of Money, found at https://www.whatsaiththescripture.com/Text.Only/pdfs/The_Use_of_Money_Text.pdf.
Be encouraged this week to pray on how God is calling you and your family
into a life of generosity. Which characters do you identify with in Luke's
Gospel reading this week? The Widow? The Rich people? Neither of them?
This year our Generosity Team working with our Finance Committee and pastors decided to take a simple approach to our fall generosity/stewardship campaign and focus on our call to give through tithing. Over the next two Sundays, we will revisit God’s call to give of our finances as part of our spiritual life. Pastors Gina and Josh will share the basics, while introducing a church-wide focus on tithing targeted for our Lenten Season this coming year, in what we will call “The 90-Day Tithing Challenge.” This is a time to reflect on your giving patterns and use of resources, as well as God’s call to you in faithfulness to generosity.