Have you ever thought about what life would be like if Christ had not risen from the grave? Without the Resurrection, we would not have a viable faith. If Christ did not rise from the grave, what hope do we have? Why are you here if the Resurrection is some myth? In the fifteenth chapter, Paul said to the church at Corinth, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless, and so is your faith.” Then he says, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” Paul offers himself as a testimony of one who first doubted Christ but later saw the resurrected living Lord.
Paul concludes I Corinthians chapter fifteen by saying, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” As we focus on our offering, I want you to know that giving here at our church is not in vain. You are not wasting your money by giving here. We are actively working to serve our community and our Lord. Through your faithful gift, we make a difference by spreading the good news that Jesus is alive. Our Message is to give hope to countless people. We are committed to giving ourselves fully to the work of the Lord.
As we approach this offering, the question for all of us is, what does your gift today say about what you truly believe about the Resurrection? Can it be said today that your gift represents you giving yourself fully to the work of the Lord? Today we invite you to join us in giving a gift worthy of this day. Your gift will not be in vain, but it will advance and extend the Kingdom of Christ. Let’s give ourselves fully today with a worthy offering.