Scripture Readings: Psalm 42 Mark 12:38-44
38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
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Last week Pastor Jim introduced the FAITHFULsermon series about what it means to live as a faithful follower of Jesus. He spoke on the power and importance of our commitment to serve God and our church through prayer. During that service, we also had the opportunity to renew our commitment to Jesus Christ and our church by welcoming new members with the words, “with you we renew our commitment to be loyal to God and to Lake Deaton United Methodist Church and uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.
These are powerful words…words of commitment to God and to a community of faith…words that remind us how we can quench that deep spiritual thirst and hunger we have for a relationship with God and with other people who will help us find joy, purpose and meaning in life. They are the words each of us profess when we decide to become a member of our NCUMC- Lake Deaton Campus or any Christian faith community.
This week, we’ll be looking at what it means to be loyal to Christ and our church through our gifts (our time, talent and financial resources) and our service. Through the story about the extravagant gift from the widow in Mark’s Gospel, I’ll be focusing on what motivates us as followers to live out these vows and commitments. How can we live a servant life for Christ in a challenging world? I’m really looking forward to the blessings God has for us in our worship together and I’m honored to be asked to share the good news this week! See you Sunday!
- What motivates you to want to live as a faithful follower of Jesus? Spend a few minutes thinking about people you have met that modeled for you what it means to be faithful.
- What challenges and/or obstacles get in your way each day when in your heart you want to be loyal to Christ? Are there ways you can better face these inevitable challenges; ways you can stay more God-centered each day.
- What one goal would you set this week to be loyal to Christ and our Lake Deaton Church with your gifts and through your service?