Publication date: 6-18-2003
Imprint: Kregel Ministry
Scriptural Reflections for Introducing Offerings
Every week the offering plate is passed in churches, and every week members of the congregation meet it with varying levels of interest. Many people absentmindedly reach for their checkbooks, while others let the plate pass . . . again. For some, the weekly routine provides background music for exchanged whispers or reflection on where to eat lunch after the service.
This pastor-tested, scriptural resource equips the pastor to draw the congregation's attention to the significance of what lies behind the offering--the spiritual act of stewardship. Fifty-two thematic Bible readings--one for each Sunday of the year--help the pastor lead the congregation into a deeper understanding of God's perspective on giving. Includes a complete Scripture index.
"This book can . . . help bring biblical perspective back into 'taking up' the offerings."
--James R. Dennis
Senior Pastor of Newark Baptist Temple, Heath, Ohio
"A practical tool. . . .An uplifting, encouraging, and challenging reminder from God's Word that giving goes beyond what is placed in the offering plate."
Dean of the Bible Department, Pensacola Christian College
Arthur E. Ball is a pastor and church planter with more than thirty years of ministry in Canada, England, and the United States. He and his wife, Ruth, have four grown children.