Stewardship And Generosity 

The Sermon on the Mount, delivered by Jesus to His disciples (Matt 5-7)  is 111 versus long. It provides timeless lessons in humility and consideration for our fellow human beings (among other things). It gives us good rules for Christian living.  Of these 111 verses, 23 deal with the topic of money and possessions (21% of our Lord's message, that was intended to prepare His disciples to do the work of the harvest, dealt with the matter of money and possessions.)

Stewardship –  is not just a means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth. How better to thank Him for His generosity than to return His generosity with our generosity?

Paul encouraged generosity at all times:  "Out of the most severe trial, their (the disciples and followers) overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity." II Corinthians 8:2

The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God's generous gifts. The Bible also teaches about our personal responsibility to share with others and warns against selfishness and misuse of God's economic resources.

An approach to Stewardship

John Wesley urged those in connection with him to "Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can." He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of "Methodists" took weekly offerings to help others in need.

Today, we United Methodists join others to help all of God's children…whenever and wherever we can. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.

Practicing good stewardship

How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?

  • Pray about your regular giving to God's ministry and mission here at New Horizons.
  • Model the humility and generosity as God calls you.
  • Set up a schedule to eventually reach full tithing, or begin by tithing one week of every month.
  • Give your time, talents and treasure to New Horizons to use in outreach.
  • Remember New Horizons in your will or estate planning.
  • Join the Stewardship and Generosity (Finance) Team. They meet on the second Thursday of the odd numbered months (Jan, Mar. May, July, Sept. and Nov.) at 6pm

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Your generosity allows New Horizons to continue its outreach ministries.