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Sunday Worship Times:
8:15 a.m. in the Historic Sanctuary
9:45 & 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Childcare available at all three services.
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m.
Do you ever struggle with being grateful? Does it seem there is more negative around you than positive?
If you knew there were steps you could take to live a more grateful life, would you take them?
During this four-week sermon series, we will look at four key stepping stones to help all of us on The Path to Gratitude:
Awareness, Attitude, Generosity, and Commitment
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. Corinthians 9:6-10
The final step on the path to gratitude is a difficult one for us - stepping out in faith in making a financial commitment to the church. Commitment involves follow through but also comes with this assurance - God provides.
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. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! - 2 Corinthians 9:11-15 (NRSV)
Living a generous life is the third step on the path to gratitude. When we are generous, God is pleased to provide for the needs of the local church such as programs and staff. But even more, our generosity allows for God to work above and beyond the local church into our community and world.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! - 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NRSV)
The first step on the path to gratitude is becoming aware of our common humanity and common brokenness. We are all responsible for this. God desires to make all things new. Each of us must first become aware of our newness in Christ and live as new creations.
Now as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you - so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking... Each of you must give as you have made up in your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver - 2 Corinthian 8:7 and 9:7 (NRSV)
Attitude is the second step on the path to gratitude. When we approach gratitude eager to be faithful and cheerful, it comes easier and more naturally. God desires for our lives to be filled with cheer and joy. Each of us must consciously try to embrace an attitude of eager cheerfulness.