“Empowered by God-
Responding by Grace”
“Now as you excel in everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you- so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking”
(2 Cor. 8:7).
We who are Christians have been empowered by God. Through faith in Christ, we experience God’s power and realize afresh that God owns everything. God is our Source! On a daily basis, God demonstrates again and again His abundant power as He “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17).
As we are empowered by God, we respond by grace. Like the Macedonian Christians, we begin by first giving ourselves to the Lord. When that happens, our resources- which are gifts on loan to us from God- will follow.
First, there is the matter of our time. Time is like a giant bank account into which God daily deposits 86,400 seconds. How we use our time reveals where we have placed our priorities. We can consume those precious moments on ourselves and our pleasures or we can use them for God’s glory in ministry to others. The choice is up to us.
The same thing is true concerning our talents. However, God has gifted us, what is of utmost importance is for us to use our talents in the Lord’s work. The outreach of the Gospel in this ministry is made possible only as God’s people do just that.
Finally, there is the matter of our treasure. Perhaps more than anything else, how we use our money reflects what is important to us. In fact, as we review the record of how we have spent the financial resources God has entrusted to us in the past few months, we will have a powerful testimony of that which we value most.
As you consider your life during this time of stewardship emphasis, will you – like the Macedonian Christians – excel in the “grace of giving” by first giving yourself to the Lord? Will you respond by grace through giving your time, talents and treasure for God’s glory in this ministry? Will you then covenant with God by faith to give in the coming months as God provides, even if you do not know the source of the funds?
Please ask God to give you specific direction concerning what you should give. Then, please complete the Estimate of Giving Card, which is included with this brochure, and bring it with you to the worship service on “Consecration Sunday,” November 22, 2020.
Thank you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for you faithful financial support in the past. Thank you as well for being “Empowered by God” and for “Responding by Grace” here at Calvary United Methodist Church.