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11/12/2017                   “Celebrating the Harvest – Consecrating Our Gifts”
                                                                                                                                                          
Scripture:  2 Corinthians 9:10-15

Sermon Series: “All Weather Believers”


2 Corinthians 9:10-15  10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”                  

11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!



Whether you are just searching, considering or have already made a decision, everyone is always welcome to come as you are and discover or grow in Christian discipleship.

Have you ever wondered if your spiritual life and journey is worthwhile and getting you anywhere?  Have you ever wanting to have a stronger prayer life, spend more time with God and fellow believers, give more money and other gifts, be of service or be a stronger witness for Jesus Christ and the gospel?

Well, if you have, you’re in good company!  Most of us have had those feelings, in some respect, at one time or another.

Today we culminate our message series on being “All Weather Believers”. Over the past five weeks, we have been considering how we can be faithful followers of Jesus – by fulfilling our vows of baptism and professing membership in this congregation and the church universal -- by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.  And in just a few minutes we’ll have an opportunity to express our desire and intention to do so in the coming year.

But first, let’s consider these words from Saint Paul’s second letter to the early followers of Jesus in Corinth.  He shares words of great promise, encouragement and thanks.  These are words that can encourage us as well today!

2 Corinthians 9:10-11    10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

God gives us all that we need to help others, enlarging the “harvest of our righteousness/benevolence”. . . Others will thank God for your generosity.

I know I remember times when I thought I might not have enough to get by. But as I gave, God always supplied – whether it be through other opportunities to work by using the knowledge and skills I had or by the generosity of others.

I know that some of you have or still experience the same hardships.  And I hope, trust or know that you have those same blessings from God. 

2 Corinthians 9:12-13   12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

Our giving, service and witness of the gospel -- through caring, nurturing, discipling, outreach, mission and other ways – will bring praise and glory to God from others as well.

Nothing in this life gives me greater joy and satisfaction than helping others know and feel the love of God for them and all people.  And when they in turn express thanks and praise to God, I know I’m fulfilling the purpose that Jesus called me to.

2 Corinthians 9:14-15   14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

We will receive the prayers and heartfelt thanks of others, because of God’s grace shown through us -- all for which we can give thanks to God for his indescribable gift of love and grace through Jesus Christ!

You see, it all comes back to us in many ways -- which is not why we give of ourselves, but one of the blessings we receive in return.

Let me just share these words of thanks after last week’s early worship service:
Pastor Neil, Thank you so much for baptizing Roen today. I also want to thank you, as well as the congregation, for welcoming us to the church. This day is very special for my family. Thank you for being a part of it.   God Bless, Courtney, Harvey & Roen.

So, let us celebrate the harvest of our benevolence in Christ, and consecrate our offerings of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness to God!

You can use the CCUMC Ministry Menu and an Estimate of Giving Card . . .


For Reflection & Action:

1.  How will you consecrate (set aside) your offerings to God for the coming year, 2018?

Chesapeake City United Methodist Charge

Trinity United Methodist Church

450 Third Street

Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Pastor Neil Gutmaker
(410)885-5641
pastorneilg@verizon.net

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