Yesterday’s message …
- Began with a tug of war demonstration;
- Explored Paul’s use of jealousy to motivate the Corinthians to generosity;
- Paved the way for the people of Good Shepherd to offer prayerful pledges of their support in 2019;
- Landed at this bottom line: When you see that giving is a privilege, the gift becomes a pleasure.
The subject of money & church – giving & congregation – is usually fraught with frustration and anxiety. On the part of both preacher and preached. It’s one of the few subjects about which IT IS ASSUMED that pastor and congregation start out on the same team (maybe) but on different sides (certainly). And the reason people make these kind of assumptions – that preacher starts HERE and preached over HERE (demonstrate) – is the thought (conscious or not) that I & other preachers are up here trying to GET from you something that you don’t want to GIVE. Or GIVE UP. It is a great big Tug Of War like I want to show you with my friend Jacob Hay, a DEFENSIVE END / BEAST / FOOTBALL PLAYER.