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Worship This Week

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To Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

So Great a Treasure 

Matthew writes, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it (13: 44-46).”

In a deficit culture, we, as God’s people, have a great treasure. That treasure is the Word of God. It is worth more than anything else we could ever desire. We start with having all that we need.

Stewards of That Treasure 

Paul writes to the Christians in the City of Corinth, “Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries (1 Corinthians 4: 1).”

We are called, by God, to be stewards and caretakers of this great treasure — the Word of God. This means that it is through God’s mercy we are engaged in this ministry of stewardship, that we are accountable to God for our stewardship, and that Christian living is a life centered on tending to the Word of God.

While our salvation rests in the work of Christ on the cross, there are specific acts of stewardship that shape our lives as Christians. These acts do three things:

1. Engage us in retelling the story of salvation, for in retelling the story, we are drawn into that story and are part of God’s story.

2. Shape Christian character by engaging in acts of stewardship.

3. Prepare us for faithful service in the world. While good deeds do not make a good person, a good/Christian person will perform good deeds.

Blessings,

Pastor Mentzer

 

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