Be Rich 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Be Rich in True Fasting

Pastor Steve Brown

 

Isaiah 58:1-7 so clearly describes many American Christians and what is God’s response to our eager efforts to “for God to come near” us. Fasting (giving up something for Lent) as often been a part of the Lenten disciplines that we do to come nearer to God. According to Isaiah 58, true fasting is “to loose the chains of injustice, and untie the chords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke, to share your food with the hungry and provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.” This passage will be tied directly into what we are doing in the Be Rich Campaign.

 

After hearing this sermon, we hope you will give, serve, and love through the steps offered in the Be Rich Campaign.

 

Lessons: Isaiah 58:1-7 and Matthew 25:31-46.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Be Rich in Generosity By Giving and Serving

Pastor Steve Brown

 

The testimony of the Bible is that God’s heart is turned towards the poor. The Isaiah passage teaches that caring for those in need is even more important to God than our worship of him. Jesus plainly said to follow him, the rich young man had only one more step to take in order to have treasurers in heaven and begin following Jesus – “sell what you have and give to the poor.” If we desire to authentically follow Jesus, we must follow the teaching of 1 Timothy 6:17-19 and be rich in generosity with those in need. One of our particular gifts in this mission is that we are rich and can really bless organizations who are effective at helping people in need.

 

After hearing this sermon, we hope you will give a financial donation to the Be Rich Campaign that would be generous for you.

 

Lessons: Isaiah 1:11-17, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Mark 10:17-22