During this sermon you will hear a testimony from Lisa and Chad Spillers about how losing everything in the flood in 2016 changed their lives. Each year during the month of November our congregation focuses on generosity as a spiritual practice. We celebrated Taking the Next Step Sunday–the culmination of our emphasis on generosity when we are invited to participate in an act of renewal and dedication to Christ as Estimate of Giving Cards for the new year are brought to the the altar as an act of worship and celebration!
Scripture Lesson | II Corinthians 9:5-12
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you, and arrange in advance for this bountiful gift that you have promised, so that it may be ready as a voluntary gift and not as an extortion. The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.
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