In 2 Corinthians 8:1-8, Paul holds up for the Corinthians the example of abundant giving by a group of people who are living on the edge, who don’t have the material wealth that’s usually associated with abundant giving. But they give anyway, gladly, decidedly, and with generosity. The Macedonians gave in a way that still inspires us today. They gave not only of money, but most importantly of themselves: first and foremost they gave themselves to the Lord. Once they did that, the rest was…easy? Easier? Maybe the right word is “possible.” It was possible. This undertaking of biblical generosity was possible for them. And it can be for us as well.
The Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity response method features four worship services with the following sub-themes: Giving God Our Day, Giving God Our Worship, Giving to God of Our Spiritual Gifts, and Giving to God of Our Income. The fourth worship service includes making a financial commitment to the church’s ministry.
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-8
- Response Method:
- Worship Services
The Starter Kit contains digital files of materials to engage your congregation in your stewardship emphasis: bulletin inserts, commitment cards, themed letterhead and envelopes, and more. They are designed for in-house use and are not guaranteed for successful use by commercial printers.
The Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity Digital Starter Kit includes a PDF file of each of the following:
- four bulletin inserts
- letter and legal-sized bulletin covers
- commitment cards
- a poster
- Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity logo (jpg format)
A coordinating easy-to-use, adaptable plan for the Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity stewardship emphasis is sold separately in the corresponding issue of the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine – Volume 12: Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity.
Additional worship and study resources are available in the Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity Companion Resource.
After your payment is received, you will receive an automatic email from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center with the subject line “Your Ecumenical Stewardship Center order from Month Day, Year is complete.” This email will contain website links to all resources that you ordered. Click on the link and use the procedures of your particular browser to download the files.
If you ordered physical products as well then your order will not be considered complete until those items can be mailed out.