November Sermon Series
Each November, as we prepare for Thanksgiving (a time where we pause and say thank you to God for His blessings), we also want to ensure we are being good stewards of His blessings. This year, we will be using a resource by Andy Stanley to guide our discussion. We have a copy of this book available for free to each West Side Christian. If you didn’t get one Sunday October 27th, make sure you let Michael or Cheryl know.
From the book description … “As Christians, we know that we should give but under the growing pressure to make ends meet each month, fear often stands in the way of generosity. And when we let it, this fear has the potential to rob us of an intimate relationship with God. Fields of Gold will change the way you think about money and giving. When we truly understand God’s power and presence, we can’t help but trust Him to meet our needs.”
November 24, 2019
In the past weeks we have learned about the fear involved in giving. Andy Stanley wrote his small book to help us understand how to overcome this paralyzing fear. As he says in the final chapter “overcoming the fear of giving is the moment you begin to experience the joy of giving.” Today we close out our study by looking at how to have true joy and really enjoy the blessings God has graciously given us.
November 17, 2019
Jesus’ kingdom is coming near. In just a few short days, He is going to be carried away and crucified. In an effort to prepare His disciples, Jesus tells a story about a man who left on journey, entrusting portions of his wealth to three of his servants, to use while he is away. When he returns, he recalls them to collect what he has given. The actions of two servants please the man, while the action of the third, does not. As we wait on Christ’s return, we too have been entrusted with God’s possessions. How will Jesus respond when He examines how you have stewarded His possessions?in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.
November 10, 2019
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV). It is clear, that in these words of Paul, he does say that those who are generous will receive something back in return. But what is that something that comes to us in return? Is it more financial wealth? Is it spiritual blessings? Is it the growth of the kingdom? Today, we will unpack these words, and seek to understand Paul’s full intentions.
November 3, 2019
Sitting in the temple, Jesus watches as people come to give their offerings to God. Some, out of their wealth throw in large sums of money, hitting the metal and making all sorts of noise. In their midst is a widow with her last two coins. Her small offering is barely noticeable to the masses. But to Jesus, her offering was far grander than that of those who gave out of their wealth. Hers was an offering of faith and trust in God. Today, we will unpack this story, and look at the implications it holds for our lives.