Stewardship is about more than money. It’s our whole lives. Jesus lived his life and gave his life for us. Our loving response is to imitate that. Starting in August, for three months, God’s Word will be challenging us, and we’ll be challenging one another to live a God-lived life. And that encompasses everything. We will be talking about a life of being a disciple (August 1), a life lived for others (September 5), a life of hospitality (October 3), and a life lived shrewdly (October 17). Each time we meet for worship, we will be introduced to a challenge that we then prayerfully commit to carrying out the rest of the month. How will we commit to the challenges? As individual members, we are going to fill out a different challenge card each month. This will help to involve our entire family of faith in the challenges and help us encourage each other in the challenges. May God bless us as we grow in his Word and in our lives of living it!
A GOD-LIVED LIFE: A life lived for others (September)
For this month, the particular focus of the God-lived life is a life lived for others
, a life of generosity. God allows us the opportunity to serve and love one another, especially those who are part of our communities.
Our challenge card this month focuses on being a good neighbor. What makes someone a good neighbor? How can you show God’s love to others by being a good neighbor? How can our church be a good neighbor to our community? How can we be present for others?
On September 5, you will receive a challenge card giving suggestions on living a life lived for others. You will notice a few suggestions. Feel free to write in your own challenge. Put the challenge card in a place where you will see it regularly. Share it with a family member or friend so that someone can encourage you to fulfill your challenge card.
Here are some other suggestions for challenges:
Participate in a congregation outreach effort on October 16 to invite neighbors to our Fall Festival • Pray for a missionary, his family, and the people they minister to with the gospel • Participate in the WELS “Let’s Go” outreach Bible study (https://welscongregationalservices.net/lets-go/) • Organize a meal train for a family in the neighborhood that is struggling or who just had a baby • Send a monetary gift or gift cards to a struggling individual or family • Send an encouraging card, e-mail, or text to a struggling individual or family • Make cookies for a neighbor and deliver them in person • Volunteer to read a devotion to a shut-in • Offer to give someone a ride to church • Sign up for a volunteer activity at church • Help in the nursery or in Sunday school once per month • Talk to a friend about Jesus (or co-worker, family member, neighbor, acquaintance) • Offer to pray for a hurting neighbor or co-worker
May God bless us as we live a God-lived life, serving others!
Click here for the Challenge card.