Stewards of the Grace of God
This fall we will be offering a sermon series on some well-known verses of the Apostle Paul. Paul’s words of “faith in action” encourage us to give ourselves daily to the mission of the Gospel: “To each one the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). As Paul said many times in many different ways, the gospel is spread whenever believers use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others, faithfully sharing God’s grace in all of its various forms (1 Peter 4: 10-11). In this way, we are stewards of the grace of God. Our personal lives are the arena in which the teachings of Christ are revealed in the world. Over the next few weeks, we are going to explore how Paul’s words personally empower us to be faithful stewards of the mission of Christ to share God’s grace.
1: Mission in the Holy Spirit
“There are many gifts but the same Spirit that gives them.” –1 Corinthians 12:4
8: Mission with Love
“Faith, hope and love abide, but the greatest is love.” –1 Corinthians 13:13
15: Mission of Peacemaking
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is
no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” –Galatians 5:28
22: Mission in Victory (Christ the King Sunday)
“If God is for us, who can be against us? No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. –Romans 8:31,37
May we look at the coming year with the eyes of hope, seeing beyond whatever troubles or fears seek to overwhelm us today. As stewards of the grace of God, we have a purpose to guide others through this difficult time; and we have gifts of the Spirit to provide us with the strength to serve. All of our serving and giving in mission rests on the assurance we have that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
As we remain faithful to our calling to serve others with our gifts, we will live into the hopeful blessing Paul had for the Christians in Philippi and for all ages:
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Blessings in Christ,