Posts Tagged ‘Stewardship


Taking Your Talents To Church

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Romans 12:1-8.


The Hands Of Time

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on James 4:13-17.


Receiving To Give

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 25:14-30.


Does The Church Only Want Your Money?

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that he rejoiced over their concern for him. What he was referring to was the financial gifts of support that they sent to him. They had sent one of their own people to bring him financial and spiritual support. This is what he wrote:

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. – Philippians 4:10 (NIV)

When it comes to supporting the work of the Kingdom of God, we need to be consistent in our giving. Christians need to support their local church so that local churches can support missionaries. The local church can only do so much when it comes to ministry without the financial support of its people. Some will accuse the church of only being concerned with money and in some cases that is true. But by and large, most local churches want to use the funds that are given in order to increase the scope of ministry – both home and abroad. We need to be generous, consistent and sacrificial givers to the work of Jesus so that the church can accomplish her mission of making disciples of all nations.

Giving Your All

The message from Griffith First Christian Church from November 30, 2014.


The Gift Of Time

The message from Griffith First Christian Church from November 16, 2014.


Generous Stewards

The people were getting hungrier as the day wore on.  Jesus had been healing and teaching for much of the day.  What would they do for food?  They were a ways off from the town of Bethsaida.  Jesus and His disciples went there to spend some time alone, but the crowds found Him.  Jesus was magnetic.  The crowds flocked to Him everywhere He went.  This is the same Jesus we know, love and serve today.  Why is it that crowds aren’t flocking to Him now?  Approximately 7000 churches close their doors each year.  Could it be that the church has forgotten the ways of the Master?  He loved people with an unconditional love that could not be denied.  He preached Truth, but did it in a grace-filled way.  He didn’t shy away from the broken and the ostracized.  He welcomed sinners of every kind, but did not let them off the hook.  He called them to repentance.  He ruffled the feathers of the self-righteous.  He reached out to those who were far from God and changed their lives.  We should be doing the things Jesus did.
For example, in this story from Luke 9, we see that Jesus met the needs of those who were around Him.  The disciples didn’t get it.  They wanted to send the people into the surrounding towns and villages.  There were over 5000 people out there!  Jesus had a much better plan.  He took a little bit of food and miraculously turned it into an overabundance!  In John’s Gospel, we read that it was a young boy who gave everything he had to eat to Jesus.  He was generous and God multiplied his generosity through the power of Jesus to take care of many.  God can do the same thing with our generosity today.  If we will be generous givers, God can multiply our gifts and offerings to further His Kingdom here on earth.  More people will hear about God’s grace and His Son, Jesus.  Is there anything better that our resources and money could go toward?  May we be faithful, generous stewards of that which God has blessed us.

Luke 9:10-17 (NIV)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

12 Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

13 He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.”14 (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

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