I gave the following sermon at the 11.15am Service on 23rd November 2008 at St. Peter’s Church, Yateley. It was an assessed sermon that formed part of the Preaching module of my Reader Training course. As yet, I’ve not received a final mark for it.
It formed the fifth in a series of sermons relating to the timely theme of ‘Money Revolution’ (how Christians should seek to manage their money in response to what God has revealed of his will in this respect) and referred to 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 and Luke 10:25-37. The notes in italics as you read it, refer to the visual aids I used at the time; I hope they are self explanatory. The text offered below are the opening and closing paragraphs; the full sermon is available here: sermon-givegenerously-23nov082
It would seem that the wheels of the economic wagon haven’t fallen off completely, yet. People are still buying and selling, paying off debts and possibly dreaming of future expenditure when times are better. The wheels are still turning.
The wheel of our ministry here in St. Peter’s is still turning too, and I’ve brought it with me to prove the point…
…God is the distinctively Christian source of our compassion; Jesus’ sacrifice is the image with which we compare our giving to see how distinctive it is; the Holy Spirit forges our partnerships in ministry, enabling God’s purposes to flow through us to those we minister to.
That, and nothing else, is what makes us rich. That is what makes us so abundantly rich, that we, like the Macedonians should be pleading for the privilege of sharing generously in giving and ministry with each other. Our distinctive relationship with God, that we celebrate at Communion, is what gives us the wealth, the strength and the motivation to give generously.