Sermon: “The Gift of Yourself”
Theme: In Christ we choose to be the gift of God, not for other people’s benefit, but because that is fulfilling for our lives.
Purpose: The congregation will consider their motivations behind being generous and seek to know Christ more fully through their giving.
Scriptures: Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ offered the sacrifice of himself, which brings salvation to all who are eagerly waiting on him.
Mark 12:38-44 The widow in her offering gives sacrificially.
What does it mean for us to be faithful in generosity? What is the difference between giving out of obligation and giving out of the joy of Christ’s love? What are the ways in which our religiosity robs us of our enjoyment of the good things that God has given us? How has focusing on religiosity and guilt caused us to be resentful and angry in our giving? What does it mean to give with joy and celebration of the abundance in which God has blessed us? How is it that those who give freely are the happiest and feel best about what they have received?