Stress. Anxiety. Fear. These words capture well the state of mind of many of us in America today. We have witnessed dramatic market volatility, a government shutdown costing billions of dollars with another shutdown looming, and many bankruptcies and mergers. Every day seems to bring another piece of economic uncertainty.
Financial instability causes stress that impacts our families and our most important relationships. When we worry about our ability to provide for basic needs, our satisfaction with life diminishes. We find ourselves feeling angry and irritable, even loosing sleep at night. Without a doubt, stress over our finances takes a physical and emotional toll on us.
Join us in worship the next five weeks for a sermon series entitled Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. Our nation is experiencing what many have described as the “American Nightmare.” Increasing consumer debt, declines in savings, lower income growth, and a volatile stock market are all a part of our economic insecurity. We have lived in a society that tells us “you deserve it now,” whether or not we can afford it or really even need it.
All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore. This is why, over the next five weeks, we will have a worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. During this time we will explore what the Bible teaches us about financial management. If you miss a sermon, you can easily listen by going to www.asburyraleigh.org/live or joining us on Facebook where you can view the live stream during worship or at any time thereafter. Each week we will provide you with some practical tools you can use to assess your financial situation and develop a financial plan with a biblical foundation.
At the conclusion of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments in the worship service on two consecutive Sundays: March 10 and March 17.
I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.
Grace to you and peace,
Tom Newman, pastor