Sermon - Incomparable Riches!
Sept 22, 2019
Fr Phil Eberhart
We're in a time here at Rez when we're hearing about the needs,
especially for our finances as we run and finish the race to complete
our building project, or as we encounter various needs in our
community through the discretionary funds.
These needs are real and pressing! You see parking lot going in out
front of the church this morning. We're making room for what we
believe God is doing in and through us here at Rez.
All of this giving is towards an end! And the end isn't the church's
land and building being finished...
It isn't putting stone on the outside of the church...
It isn't finishing our parking lot and moving our driveway up the
It isn't putting in new lawn and trees on the berm...
All those things are going to happen, and they all cost money, but they're not the end... they're not even the point!
They all point to a single goal...
Are we ready to recieve all that God has on His heart for Rez and our
Sure we're going to continue talking about monetary needs as we
continue to build -- as we finish our race. But the question on my
mind and heart is why?
Why are we doing all this? What is God up to
I want to point to some signs I can see from here.
1. The sign of FAVOR
Favor is God's grace made visible in a relationship. It's one of the
constant prayers of Rez for the past two years in this project. And God
has been faithful to give us favor!
It comes in many ways, as varied as the "multi-faceted, many colored
grace of God,
Peter, in his first letter writes to the church these words...
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of
your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve
one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks
oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order
that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion
forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:7-11 ESV
"Good stewards of God's varied grace "
We're stewards of God's grace... His favor... His light shining in the
dark! Jesus said it this way...
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp
and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way,
let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your
Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
We are all stewards of the light... we reflect what we're looking at!
God's set us here on this Holy hill for a purpose. The very ground that
we're moving is Holy! Consecrated to the Lord and His purposes,...
Including the home sites that will be delivered to the new owners in
the next week or two!
As we closed two months ago, one owner did to me, "I think we have
something in common! " "What's that? " I asked.
"Neither of us believe in coincidence! "
We live in view of a Sovereign God!
There are no coincidences... none... not one.
And so we know...
That God has favor towards us. He has a plan and is always at work
on it. ALWAYS.
2. Following from God's favor is God's Supply!
Anyone here have a sense of how much of this we get to take credit
Yet, God has done it
THROUGH US! THROUGH each of us... all! No matter how large or
small your contribution ALL together its been made possible! One gift
here, another there, finding savings in unexpected ways, creatively
financing parts and for the grace of interest on loans that has been
Can you see the Favor of God? Can you see the Supply of God?
A couple months ago Val had a word at end of a service...
You know that I have plans for you here at Rez. I know that many of
you are weary... I AM NOT !!
And once again we are reminded that God is not tired ... God never gets
Psalm 121 says it this way...
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord ,
who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not
slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalms 121:1-4 ESV
HINEY, LO YANUM V' LO YISHON , SHOIMEI YISRAEL !!
BEHOLD! NO SLUMBER AND NO SLEEP (FOR) THE WATCHER OF
Friends, this is what we are stewards of here on this hill... the very
watch care of the Father, the God of the Universe, over His people
Some of us attended WE LOVE COLORADO last Fri night and on
Sat. Others I found at Red Rocks on Monday night at Worship on
the Rocks. Both events lead me to hope ... to believe...that God has
something 'up His sleeve! '
God is preparing for a move of His Spirit that will make the 3000 on
Pentecost look like what it was... just the beginning!
And I for one believe that Denver and Colorado, and I pray,
Greenwood Village is going to be "ground zero! "
We are stewards of the Favour of God ! We're co-workers with Him of
the message of His HESED - His UNFAILING LOVE towards His people!
We are stewards of the riches of God. Spiritual and physical... all he
All things come of You O Lord and of thine own have we given thee!
God's favor and His supply are ours. It is now our turn to give! And
it's all of us together. Large and small, visible and invisible - every gift
counts here, for the glory of the kingdom of God and the Fame of the
Name of Jesus!
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