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Stewardship Basics Bible Study

 

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Newsletter Article For May

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: LCMS Stewardship Ministry

Newsletter Article – May 2018

Our Father in heaven sent His Son, Jesus, to be our savior. His atoning sacrifice is the firstfruits of all the dead, a pleasing aroma to His Father – and ours – so that His perfect life and death count for all who believe in Him.

He claimed us as His own children in Holy Baptism. He sustains and strengthens our faith with His Holy Word and His Body and Blood. As new creatures, who have put on Christ, we bear good fruit. We do the good works prepared for us, which He makes known to us in His Word.

By faith then, trusting in the Word of God, we do what he says because He does not lie and always keeps His promises. For “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb. 11:6).

And so the Lord promises: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine” (Prov. 3:9-10).

How do we honor the Lord with the wealth that God has given us in His generosity? By giving it generously to those whom the Lord has called us to love and support: your family, your society, and your church. And His promise is that in so doing, you will never lack.

I can almost hear it now: “But that’s from the Old Testament!” But our Lord Jesus Himself gives us similar promises in the New Testament. He says, at the conclusion of the parable of the talents, “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance” (Matt. 25:29).

And then at the end of the parable of the dishonest manager, he says: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Luke 16:10–13).

And in His sermon on the mount, he says: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19–21).

We have become conditioned against these promises because of their misuse by the peddlers of the prosperity gospel – the guys on TV who say you get rich by putting God in your debt. And thus, we miss out on the fact that God does reward temporal faithfulness in temporal matters with temporal blessings.

It’s no quid pro quo. It’s all from God’s grace, His fatherly divine goodness and mercy. But those Bible passages just quoted do in fact say what they say! It’s not the Old Testament’s problem. It’s ours. It is almost as if we have become so jaded against this that we think it a virtue to be stingy with our offerings.

But our Father in heaven still loves to bless those who bless others. He loves to give to those who give freely and generously. In fact, he challenges us to challenge Him: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need” (Mal. 3:10).

And so, while we don’t give so that we would get, we do receive from the Lord in order to give, and He will bless your giving with more receiving. For “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32)

 

 

 

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Traditional Worship Service  May 20, 2018

DAY OF PENTECOST 

Sermon: Reverend Marty Tyler

"Let the Rush Continue" Acts 2:1-21

Confession and Absolution

Hymn of Invocation: "Come, Thou Almighty King" LSB  905

Service of the Word

Introit: Psalm 104:24, 27-28, 30; antiphon: Liturgical Text

Kyrie Eleison: "Lord, Have Mercy"

Gloria In Excelsis: "Glory To God In The Highest"

Salutation and Prayer of the Day

Scripture Readings:

Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:1-14 

(The Valley Of Dry Bones)

Gradual: Acts 2:17b; Romans 10:10

--Alleluia--

Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21

(The Coming Of The Holy Spirit)

--Alleluia--

Holy Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Nicene Creed

Hymn Of The Day: "Come, Holy Ghost, God And Lord" LSB 497

Sermon: Reverend Marty Tyler

"Let The Rush Continue" Acts 2:1-21

Prayer of the Church

Offertory

Service Of The Sacrament

Sanctus: "Holy, Holy, Holy"

Prayer Of Thanksgiving

The Lord's Prayer

The Words Of Our Lord: Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

Pax Domini: The Peace Of the Lord

Agnus Dei: "Lamb Of God"

Distribution Hymns:

"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"

--LSB 700

"Now, My Tongue, The Mystery Telling"

--LSB 630

Nunc Dimittis: "Song Of Simeon"

Post-Communion Collect

Benedicamus And Benediction

Departing Hymn: "O Day Full Of Grace" LSB 503

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Contemporary Worship Service May 20, 2018

DAY OF PENTECOST

Sermon: Reverend Marty Tyler "Pray Like This" Acts 2:1-21

Gathering Song: "Days Of Elijah" Robin Mark 

Opening Sentences: Psalm 139:12-14

Invocation: Matthew 28:19b

Confession And Forgiveness Of Sins: John 3:8

Song: "Change My Heart, Oh God" Eddie Espinosa

Responsive Reading Of Psalm 139:1-12 (13-16)

Song: "I Am" David Crowder

Prayer of the Day: 2 Timothy 4:22

Scripture Readings:

Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:1--14

Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21

Holy Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Song: "Build Your Kingdom Here" Rend Collective Experiment

Sermon: Reverend Marty Tyler

"Let The Rush Continue" Acts 2:1-21

The Apostles' Creed

Song Of Collection: "Because Of Your Love" Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche

Song Of Offering: "Spirit Of The Living God" Daniel Iverson

Prayer Of The Church: Romans 8:26-27

The Lord's Prayer

Benediction

Sending Song: "They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" Peter Scholtes  

(Music used by permission)                                                            

 


 

 

 

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