"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

Preaching at the review

Preaching is an indispensable part of any stewardship ministry and foundational to the annual review. The preacher speaks of what God has done in Jesus and she invites a response. As our lives are being transformed by grace, so we must excel in the grace of giving (2 Cor 8:7). We must speak about bills and budgets; preaching frees us to speak also of worship and obedience, ministry and mission, love and grace. 
In most cases preaching at the annual review means a single sermon so that one opportunity requires careful thought. Beware of overloading one sermon; the context of the review sermon should be year round stewardship preaching which tackles our borrowing, saving and spending - not just our giving. The review sermon will be shaped in part by the purpose of the review but will always seek to take a fresh look at what the bible says about generous giving and discipleship and will always invite a review of giving to God's work in the local church.