In a sermon at the 2012 Symposium on Preaching and Stewardship sponsored by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. James Forbes challenged the church with some tough questions. "Can we afford to do right anymore? Do the just thing? Care for those whose mortgages are playing havoc with their sense of well-being? Take care of the hospital programs for children? Make sure that even our justice system is designed for strengthening well-being and reducing violence?"
He continued, "Right now, in these difficult times, is the time for the church to be alive: to talk about the faithfulness of God, to tell people this is the time to be faithful. We who are the stewards of the good word have to use that good word for the faithfulness to God's Word, and we have to trust God to take care."
God's Word exhorts us to give, love, and serve. When we do so, we provide a Christian witness of authenticity and integrity that is greatly needed in our communities today: being faithful with all and in all. And when we do so, we are faithful with all and in all. Commit anew to listening for God's voice, and your particular calls to faithfulness.
This stewardship story is from the Found Faithful theme materials. The Found Faithful theme is based on is based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 and explores how we can be faithful with little, with much, and with all.
Use the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine volume 15, theme materials, and Companion Resource to create a congregational stewardship emphasis using the Found Faithful theme.