As we stepped into December, and a new Christmas series entitled: “Unwrapping Christmas,” Pastor Tim led us through some specific passages on compassion, and giving (James 2:14-24/Matthew 25:31)…..
Although compassion to the poor should not define our politics, it should define our faith!
To be more specific…. compassion is a core evidence of a person being a Christian…it is part of what defines us. A stingy Christian is an oxymoron.
Key verses shared from the New Testament that speaks to giving 2 Corinthians 9:6-7:
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
The 2nd part of that verse tells us that we are free to decide how much we want to give.
The 1st part of that verse tells us that God blesses the generous giver.
The blessings sometimes come in ways that may even be more valuable than a financial blessing. Sometimes it may be a deepening of your spiritual growth, or, it may be joy!
In a world where half the population lives on $2/day or less, in a world where millions have not yet given their lives to Jesus… We who have so much and who have a relationship with Jesus ought to be leveraging our resources to help give bread to the hungry and the Bread of Life to the lost!
Pastor Tim then gave us practical application of the biblical challenges on giving by revealing this year’s Christmas Project (please see PDF attached for details).
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Looking beyond myself into the hearts and lives of others this week,
Scott Tilley, Adult Ministries Pastor / firstname.lastname@example.org