This Sunday we begin a new sermon series called “Jesus Economics: Money and the Gospel”. Over the next five weeks we’ll work our way through Matthew’s Gospel seeing how Jesus both talks to us about our own money and also uses the language of money to help us understand the gospel better.
We might be very very different to Jesus’ original hearers of 2000 years ago, but when it comes to our relationship with money the reality is that we’re much the same as them. We have constant temptation to get more and we don’t like feeling like we’re wasting what we do have.
We can expect to hear familiar challenging texts (and expect to be challenged) but we can also look forward to perhaps being surprised by some of the ways that Jesus uses this topic to challenge us in our thinking about the Kingdom of God. We’re excited to be exploring this topic with you.
While I’m writing about money, let me take the opportunity to thank you again for your generous partnership in the vision at St John’s. With so much time spent away from our Cathedral campus it would be easy to lose sight of the ministry that has continued even during a difficult COVID season. However, you have continued to give generously and cheerfully and some have even increased their giving. We’re grateful for each and every one of you, no matter how much you give. As NSW begins to return to normal can I encourage you to take a little time to prayerfully consider your giving. Paul’s guidance remains very helpful:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:7)
David Ould / Senior Associate Minister
St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Parramatta
PRAY: Give thanks that Jesus uses everyday experiences in his teaching to point us to the gospel. Pray that each of us will have open ears and soft hearts to hear God speak to us over the next five Sundays.
Join us this Sunday for our online Sunday service. We meet at 10am each Sunday on YouTube right through lockdown. Or check out out Sunday services page for more information on our face-to-face services.