Our focus for October is “First, We Give of Ourselves: Giving in Grace.” We will explore, together, the wonderful gift of God’s grace in Christ and how it is the foundation of our discipleship and giving.
We begin our discussions on “First, We Give of Ourselves: Giving in Grace” on Sunday, October 2.
The following congregation members during our “Mission Moment” on Sundays in October will share a message on “Giving in Grace”:
- October 2 Don and Karen Barley
- October 9 Gene Bengston
- October 16 Pastor Raphael Malpica Padilla
- October 23 The Pierzina Family
Here’s our “Giving in Grace” Bible Study for this week:
The following scripture reading will be used as one of our readings for this Sunday’s worship.
21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ[a] for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, - Romans 3:21-24
In this passage from Romans, the Apostle Paul lays out the cornerstone of God’s great love for us. That cornerstone is Christ and God’s rich, abundant, and free gift of grace in Jesus Christ. As Paul tells us, each of us are sinful and in need of this life of giving grace, in and through Christ, that brings each of us forgiveness and life. Stewardship is our faithful, joyful, and thankful response as we find contentment in this rich gift of God’s grace.
What do these verses from Romans tell us about God’s grace in Christ?
How does the gift of God’s grace in Christ impact our understanding of who we are as people?
One way to understand Christian stewardship can be summed up in this statement: “Stewardship is how we live each day in the midst of God’s rich grace, how does that inform our relationship with people and the world around us?
How does the passage from Romans inform your understanding of stewardship?
Beyond the obvious such as family, friends, and church, what are some examples of God’s grace that you have seen or experienced this past week?
What are some ways you have given in grace this week?