Preacher: Rev. Ryan T Krauss
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Matthew 2:1-11
Description: Stewardship is that one great topic, that one great spiritual discipline that no one in the church enjoys addressing. While Jesus arguably talk more about finances in the Gospels than any other topic, his followers have had a poor track record on the subject. Many of us are familiar with either churches, institutions, or sermons that beg a little too much, pile the guilt a little too thickly, or simply come off as way too greedy that whenever the pulpit mentions the dollar sign, we close our ears. It’s Epiphany, and stewardship has been one of my own wake-up calls and ‘ah-hah’ moments recently.
Paul writes that giving should be a cheerful affair! Giving should come from an overflowing heart. Yet, if this is true, I also believe that receiving the prayers, gifts, talents, and tithes of a congregation should also be done with joy! Here is where the institutional church does a poor job: we do not say “Thank You” well or often enough. I encourage you to listen to this message and hear a very heart-felt “Thank You.”