St. Luke Lutheran Church &
Early Childhood Center
Dix Hills, NY 11746
(631) 499-8656
Rev. Dr. Roy W. Minnix, Pastor

Golf Outing Cancelled due to dangerous weather in the forecast
The new date is September 25

Steward Builders is a monthly publication devoted to Stewardship. The purpose of the newsletter is to share God’s Word so that our members will better understand who we are to be and what we are to do in the light of the Scriptures.  It is our hope that this monthly publication will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord and as a Christian steward.

Steward Builders August 2017
Topics include

Living a Disciplined Lifestyle

Stewardship of Self

We Reap what We Sow

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The Importance of Giving

 

It is not uncommon for church members to perceive in a negative way the encouragement from their church to give generously.  The perception of some people is that the church is only interested in their money.  Certainly, a generous giving congregation does provide the money needed by the church for its budget so the church should work hard to help people grow in their giving.  However, Scripture indicates that giving is as much for the sake of the giver as it is to support the needs of the church.  Pastors and church leaders understand that giving is an activity that God directs us to do.  Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).  Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth about the collection for God’s people, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income. . .” (1 Corinthians 16:2).

 

Giving blesses the both the giver and the recipient of the giving.  The blessings to the recipients are obvious.  Not as obvious but as important to understand is that giving enriches the life of the giver.  Giving strengthens the relationship that we have with our Lord.  Through our giving, we are reminded of God’s ownership and how dependent we are on Him.  Giving demonstrates our faith and trust.  We give as part of our worship.  Giving allows us to be used by God in partnership with Him.

 

In God’s Word, we are told that those who give faithfully and generously will receive even more of God’s blessings.  In Proverbs 3:9 we read these encouraging words, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing . . .”  God blesses all people, but He wants to bless us even more for our faithful giving.   “One man give freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24).  Generosity is the path to blessing.  By contrast, a stingy person doesn’t make any friends and hurts himself in the long run.  Through the prophet Malachi, we are told again how God will bless us for our faithful giving, “‘Bring the whole tithe in the storehouse that there may be food in My house.  Test Me in this,’ says the Lord almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room  for it’ ” (Malachi 3:10). 

 

In the future, we need to thank church leaders who encourage us to grow in our giving.  Through our giving, we are expressing thanks to God for His goodness to us.  We are also helping to extend God’s kingdom through our church, providing for the needy, and enriching our own lives.  As we grow spiritually and receive more of God’s blessings, we will better understand and respond to the encouragement to increase our giving.


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