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August 24, 2014 - Setting Our Priorities - Haggai 1:3-6

posted Aug 25, 2014, 11:12 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:47 AM ]
  • Whenever we have lived without a sense of the holy in our midst, we try to become our own saviors. But since that is a tough job, we are too anxious to do anything wonderful for those around us. So we need to see God graciously in our midst to offer grace to others.
  • As we follow Christ it is a way of rebuilding sacred community, helping people find the sacred center of their lives, and by tying heaven and earth back together around a God who dwells with us.
  • When you prioritize life around meeting your needs, you allow those needs to define you. If you let your needs define you, you will never be more than a consumer. And consumers just keep consuming because they never have enough.
  • The further you progress in life, the more needs you accumulate.
  • The church has a different definition of your life. We choose not to call you consumers. We call you stewards. From the beginning, the Bible has defined us not by our needs but by our calling.
  • The point of life is to be a good steward of the grace and the blessings that God has entrusted to you.
  • Stewards realize they don’t own a thing. The steward’s job is to manage everything that he or she holds for the sake of the Lord’s work.
  • The needs of the church aren't our real priority. Our real concern is for our spiritual health as a church. We give not because the church has needs, but because we need to be givers.
Pastor Jim Spon | Haggai 1:3-6