Warm greetings in the Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!
God’s essential nature is about generosity. Generosity is part of the character of God. Out of His extravagant generosity, God made us in His image, whose essential nature is giving. God’s extravagant generosity is part of our DNA. But we are anxious and fearful, influenced by a culture that makes us believe we never have enough. At its root, the enemy of generosity is a set of value systems that are spiritually corrosive and that lead to continuing discontent, discouragement, and unhappiness. We can never earn enough to be happy when we believe that satisfaction and fulfillment in life derive principally from possessions and accumulating stuff.
On October 7th, we’re launching a 6-week New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Campaign. The New Consecration Sunday focuses on the question, “What is God calling me to do?” rather than “What does the church need in order to pay its bills?” This stewardship campaign raises the question: “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”
Rather than requesting financial contributions to “pay the bills” or “support the budget,” the New Consecration Sunday asks people to grow spiritually by giving a percentage of their income to the Lord’s mission and ministry in 2019 through Davis Street. This stewardship campaign is about our spiritual-growth experience and not a fundraising effort. It’s about discovering the meaning of Biblical stewardship on the basis of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual benefit rather than on the basis of the need of the church to receive to balance its budget.
New Consecration Sunday models the idea that giving and offering are acts of our worship to God. This campaign refuels church members’ nurturing regarding the spiritual connection between God and money. This is about challenging us to go back to the Biblical model of giving and generosity to help us escape the trap of selfishness and self-gratification by keeping ourselves spiritually focused on God.
Therefore, I urge y’all not to miss any Sunday during this stewardship campaign. I also urge y’all to attend the New Consecration Sunday & Celebration Luncheon on November 11th. We are excited to welcome Rev. Alice Wade Davis, a clergy member of the North Carolina Conference, to serve as our Guest Leader and Preacher.
This stewardship season and in all seasons, may we practice and increase the culture of generosity in our lives and in the life of our church. And may we discover what it means to move beyond the tithe, live on less and give more to make a difference in our community and in our world!