Giving of our time, talent, and treasure is an act of Worship. It is a response of generosity that recognizes how God has first been generous with us, and enables us to be generous with the world.
Do not be afraid...... How often are fears regarding money a part of the human experience. Yet Jesus tells his followers they have nothing to fear because our Father is glad to give us the very Kingdom of God. Certainly this includes access to God’s grace and mercy, his loving presence with us daily and being a part of his work in the world around us, but reading all of Luke 12 gives us an even fuller picture of Jesus’ promise. Jesus warns us to be on guard for greed in our lives (verse 15), calls us to radical generosity (verse 33), promises God knows our basic human needs (verse 30) and assures us we have no reason to worry. His Kingdom gives us access to Kingdom abundance versus scarcity, generosity versus greed.
As we the family of Third enter this annual season of stewardship, we seek to press into all Jesus promises for us in Luke 12. When we gather for worship and to break bread together and during our personal devotions, may the Spirit help us remember God’s faithfulness to his church for over 2000 years; remind us of his faithfulness to Third, our mission partners and us individually; open our eyes to see God’s generosity all around us and free us from greed; and set our hearts on his Kingdom fully trusting in his provision.
In our life together at Third there is much to be grateful for and much to anticipate in the year ahead. May our trusting response to God’s faithfulness yield fruit that results in His glory and also in His kingdom come to new people and places.
Elder, Stewardship Subcommittee
"The Kingdom is a gift, free of charge! That means on the one hand we can rest secure in the Father’s provision, knowing that all we really need is given by his generous grace. On the other hand, it means that because we have received such abundance from God, we can give freely and joyfully to his Kingdom work in the world. All our giving flows from grace."
Read our 2016 Annual Report here, including a look forward at what's ahead for 2017.
Our challenge now is to meet the call set before us. We remember God’s faithfulness this past year, and the many years before, and we look forward to this next year. Please be in prayer for the Lord’s leading as to how you will support Third’s ministry in 2017. Our prayer is that each gift—no matter the size—will sustain and increase Third’s ministry and mission.