“That all may have fullness in life.” (John 10:10b)
For all to have fullness of life, we must begin with the fact that “all” includes every living person. It includes the economically rich and the economically poor, plus those in the middle that may have varying levels of access to economic resources and power.
Traditionally, the church has talked about this diversity in simplistic terms of “the haves” and “the have nots.”
We all can agree our God is a God of abundance. We acknowledge God as the giver of life and provider of our every need. God created us good and created the world good. God intends for each person to live a full abundant life.
Some of God’s children are in need of obtaining (in order to have enough).
As we in the church consider our theology of giving we must encompass both obtaining and abstaining.
We, as a church “FPC” are called by God in Christ to bring good news and to proclaim release to those held captive by human structures and injustices. Living as a disciple means evaluating our lifestyle choices both as individuals and as a church.
As we look ahead towards 2014 and look at the mission opportunities around us, I want you to understand that our stewardship program for 2014 is designed to advocate that “All may have fullness of life.” (John 10:10b)
Practicing a theology of enough means responding to God’s call to be responsible not just with how we give, but how we spent.
In the days, weeks and months ahead we will be looking at the continuing upgrades on the church campus. God has abundantly blessed us with this beautiful church and it is in need of renovation in many areas. This past year we started some of the projects.
Friends, we have a very exciting year ahead of us, and God has great plans for the church. Let us always, believe in the good news! We are called by God in Christ to make it so.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Tim
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Note: Some material was used from the Stewardship Magazine.