Today is the day we celebrate the Reformation. A day where we remember the posting of Martin Luther's 95 thesis, but more importantly we focus our hearts back to the Reformation theology of saved by grace through faith in Christ. This time of year is probably my favorite (not as many services as Christmas and Easter) due to the overall biblical message of salvation and Gods Work.
At our congregation we also celebrated Consecration Sunday. Throughout the month we have focused on stewardship through Consecrated Stewards. Most importantly we have looked at our hearts, centered on Christ's redemption, and called people to repentance (mainly me).
The theme for the month was "Freed to serve, give, and commitment. (John 8:31-36, Ephesians 2:8-9, and Joshua 24:14-18).
Stewardship is often seen as something NEVER to discuss, especially using the word Money. However, if Jesus talks about it, God talks about it, and everywhere in the world does, why doesn't the church? If we do not discuss it as a matter of faith, what will happen? We slow the faith process for our people and in essence hinder our mission.
May we all grow in the grace of giving and live in the palm of His hands.