AUTHOR: NAD Stewardship
PRESENTER: Mario Brito
Matthew 24:4–8 (NIV)
“Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.’”
One thing that has been very apparent in the last few years is the increase in major catastrophic events. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, fires, tornadoes, famine, uprisings, and the list could go on and on. While these are signs of the end times they are also opportunities for the church to show compassion on those that are impacted by these events.
Sharing with those in need is a basic Christian trait. In 1 Timothy 6:17–19 (NIV) Paul says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
Appeal: Our offering today is for World Budget and one of the ministries that will receive funds is the Disaster and Famine Relief work of the Church.