And Now for Something Completely Different
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19 ESV
Is your church on the same economic spiral as we have experienced in the United States since 2008? Do you find yourself saying, “If the members would just give a little more” or “if they would just tithe?” Are you looking for your annual or bi-annual stewardship sermon? Do you need an idea on how to meet your church budget? How about a salary raise? Capital campaign? Fund raising?
Then this site may not be for you! For you see, over the last century we have drifted away from biblical principles, biblical authority, Christ-like character, Christ’s commands, and Christ’s commission to handling things our way. In some areas of our lives, we continue to conform to things of this world, while in others we work at conforming to Christ. Instead of making disciples, the church is producing more and more deformed Christians that look too much like the world! So, you may ask, “What does this have to do with stewardship and generosity?”
A majority of Christ followers today find themselves enslaved to a sea of debt, lost jobs, lost homes, lost dreams, little hope, and no joy. This was never the life Christ promised for His followers in God’s Kingdom, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
So, how does a Christ follower come to have this abundant life? This abundance is certainly not found in our ownership of money, possessions, and even our own lives; rather it is found in Christ along. Jesus made it very clear to his followers, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, ESV). And it is in the first commandment we are commanded to “love God will all our heart, mind, soul, and strength” followed by the second commandment to “love others as we love ourselves.”
To this end, we desire to assist North Carolina Baptist Churches in rediscovering Kingdom values of stewardship and generosity. We want to walk alongside of you to discover a discipleship approach to stewardship and generosity so that Christ followers may be transformed to focus on storing up treasures in heaven, giving cheerfully and generously, trusting Christ, being obedient to His Word, and having a heart love for God and for others. We want to walk alongside of you to develop God’s intentional and strategic course of action for the body so you may successfully deliver Christ-exalting, God-glorifying fruit.
Whether it is a one-time stewardship emphasis or an on-going discipleship approach; we stand ready to assist you with resources, encouragement, and challenge.
God has entrusted to every disciple His resource so each disciple may steward their resources for His Glory, for the benefit of others here and now, and to make eternal investments into the lives of others, those we will never meet, and future generations.