"Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best."
Of the many methods people use to honor God with their money firstfruits giving provides the best motivation for a lifetime of giving. This ancient, Biblical principal teaches us that we are to worship God with our assets and our income. We are to give to Him of our first and best, and manage all the rest in ways that bring glory to Him. We want to encourage you to live a firstfruits lifestyle. Following are some great resources to help you consider the truths in Proverbs 3:9. If you are a pastor or church leader, we encourage you to take this a step further and consider two action steps. First, consider implementing a Firstfruits Sunday in your church. On this special Sunday morning, a variety of methods could be used to teach on Proverbs 3:9. We’ve developed a variety of resources to help you teach the principle of firstfruits to your congregation. You may pick and choose from the various resources, but they are designed to give greatest impact when they are all used to reinforce the theme.
Poster – This may be displayed several Sundays prior to the Firstfruits Sunday. Call our office to request copies!
The second action item is to evaluate how well your church, as a corporate entity, is doing at implementing firstfruits. It’s one thing to teach firstfruits, it’s a whole other thing to put it into practice. Many of our churches are practicing the “me first” attitude of our consumerist culture. We’ve put together the following resources to help you in this regard:
Transforming Your Congregation to Practice Firstfruits – This piece carefully and clearly outlines the rationale behind congregational firstfruits and offers practical suggestions for implementing a firstfruits spending plan in your church.
For more help on implementing a Firstfruits Sunday or assistance in Transforming your Congregation, contact Jon C. Wiebe, President & CEO of MB Foundation! We want to help you honor God with everything you own!