Christians are no longer reluctant to talk about sex. They love to delve into the intricacies of politics. Religion as a phenomenon, they are happy to discuss–as long as it is kept at arm’s length.
So why is it that even committed followers of Christ get queasy when the subject of giving comes up? Because we have been overly sensitized to cultural accusations that all the church wants is their money, we usually avoid the topic. And because as many as half of most congregations contribute little or nothing, the subject always makes a significant portion of our friends very uncomfortable!
Well, for the next four Sundays at Providence, we want to walk through a biblical perspective on giving. There is no budget crunch going on…no building fund to promote…no special projects needing financial support. So this is a great time to step back and look at the topic without any particular pressure linked to some issue we are facing as a church.
The title of the series is…
I realize that by posting this information, there will be some who will thank me for the warning and make plans to be somewhere else for the next four Sundays! But, no joke…this is not a taboo topic! Jesus teaches more about it than just about any other subject because He wanted everyone to understand that “Where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.”
So come…bring something to take notes on…begin to pray now that God would open your eyes to see what He has in store for you personally…plan at some point over the next month to take some time to discover what God wants you to do with what His Word says on this important matter!
The essence of the series is simple–God’s plan for managing His gifts to us will always lead to joyful living and financial freedom. See you Sunday at Providence…and if you cannot get there for all four sermons, be sure to watch the ones you miss on line.