September 23, 2011 Crucifer

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.   Psalm 37.5

In an article in Learning to Give, Robert Payton and Michael Moody note that ‘a “steward” is someone entrusted with the responsibility of caring for certain possessions, gifts, or other valuables, valuables which the steward usually does not own.’

And the Scripture teaches a helpful perspective on our identity as stewards.  Again and again, the Bible reminds us that all that we are and all that we have ultimately belongs to God.  We do not own ourselves or our possessions.  Everything belongs to God. 

Our stewardship, therefore, is not an ‘either/or’ question.  It is, rather, a measure of the degree to which we faithfully tend the life and lives God has placed into our care.

The apostle Peter exhorted his fellow Christians: “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received (I Peter 4:10).”

As the weather thankfully cools, and the fall approaches, a series of new Christian formation offerings has begun.  The purpose of these groups is to nurture your gifts and strengthen your faith.  We gather to equip you to be a more useful steward for God.

This last Sunday, the third floor of the Grelling-Spence building was filled with adults at 10:00 attending Sunday school classes.  Weekly Bible studies for women and men, respectively, which explore Old Testament prophets, Ephesians, the Sunday lessons and other topics have begun as well.

And new classes for children and youth are off to a great start!  We know that as God’s stewards of our time, a modest investment in Bible study and fellowship groups helps us individually, and as a congregation, to know and follow the Lord. 

I invite you to commit your way to the Lord.  Join a Sunday school class.  Attend a mid-week Bible study.  Ensure that your children or grandchildren are being taught the Christian faith and equipped to follow Christ.

It is one of many ways in which God blesses His stewards at Christ Church.

Faithfully,

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