Jesus on Giving
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How are we to give financially to the Lord?
- We are to give out of our heart, v. 1
- We are to give regularly, v. 2
- We are not to give for public stature, v. 2
- We are not to give for self-recognition, v. 3
- God will honor those who give, v. 4.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: These words of Jesus have to do with financial generosity toward the Lord and toward people in need. In your opinion, why may financial subjects be painful and awkward when discussed in the context of church life?
- Jesus begins by describing a shallow approach to giving that is chiefly about creating a certain perception in the minds of others. What is the dual meaning behind “sound a trumpet,” and how may people do this today?
- Jesus makes an ironic affirmation that there are (limited) results that may come from such false piety. What does Jesus mean when he says that those who give to be honored by men have their reward in full?
- The idea of giving in a way that your “left hand does not know what your right hand is doing” may appear confusing. On the one hand, giving should be prayerful, intentional and thoughtful. On the other hand, it should be forgotten. Explain how this works in your life.
- “Giving is not chiefly for the benefit of the recipient, but for the benefit of the giver.” Discuss.
Taking It Home: According to the National Philanthropic Trust (www.nptrust.org), 95% of all households gave to charity in 2013. The average annual household contribution was $2,974. The majority of charitable dollars went to religion (31%), then education (16%), then human services (12%) and then grant-making foundations (11%). What do these statistics say about giving patterns in our society at large? What can people of faith take away from this information? How is God calling you to invest for His kingdom?
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE
Stay tuned for details and mark your calendars for September 14. We will be celebrating the past year with lunch together, followed by important information on the upcoming year. Join your church family in this time of reflection and vision-casting, so that we may fulfill our vision and mission to serve Christ in this community.
Beginning next weekend, we will no longer release children from the Celebration Center to go to Children’s Church. Please check your children in downstairs, in the KidZone, upon arrival at Aspen Ridge. We will have someone there to help direct your children to their proper class, as we will also be starting our new school year and making sure they are in the correct classes for their ages and grade levels.
PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION WEEKEND
As a church family, it is always an exciting time when we are able to stand behind parents as they commit to raising their children in Christ. If you are interested in being involved in our next Parent/Child Dedication weekend on September 20-21, please contact Pastor Jeff or the church office by the end of August.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY NEWS
There will be new leadership for our annual ‘Taste of Christmas’ women’s ministry gathering this year, and we would value your input. We will be brainstorming everything from the name to the details for the upcoming event on November 10. If you would like to be involved, please contact Char Carlson through Churchteams. Your help would be greatly appreciated!
If you took part in our Churchteams photo session, but have not received your portrait by email, please contact us so that arrangements can be made. Thanks to all of those who participated!
STUDENT MINISTRIES – EXCITING CHANGES COMING
In conjunction with the kick-off of a new school year, our Youth Ministries has partnered with church leadership to set apart priority space for our Youth. In the coming months, our Chapel will be undergoing changes in both name and appearance, to provide a youth-friendly space to encourage fellowship and Christian growth. We are excited to see how God will use this space to allow us to mentor, disciple and spread the love of Christ.
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OPPORTUNITY
Our MOPS Ministry is looking to fill two childcare positions within our MOPPETS childcare program. We meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 9:00 – 11:30 AM, September through May. Volunteer and paid positions are available. This is not simply a childcare position, but a unique opportunity to minister to children. Do you desire to encourage moms who may not know Christ’s love? If so, please contact Karen Kitchner at 607-725-6565 or [email protected] for more information.
PRECEPTS BIBLE STUDY
Our Saturday morning Precepts class will start its next session on September 6 at 8:30 AM, studying the second part of Hebrews. Want to join in? Call Dottie Manchette at 303.697.9141 to order a workbook.
Ed and Debi Condra
Wycliffe Bible Translators
- Four hundred copies of the Sokarek New Testament arrived at the New Ireland Translation Institute in Papua New Guinea.
- Final consultant checks of 8 New Testament books were completed among 4 languages, along with several Patpatar Psalms.
- Ed will make good progress on editing the Patpatar Psalms.
- The bibles will be published and distributed to New Guinea villages.