The Power of Positive Giving (Series)
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The Power of Positive Giving
When it comes to the subject of giving, too often we are subjective or defensive. We frequently bow up when someone asks for our money. But when the credit card company asks for double-digit interest each month and allows us to stretch out our personal debt for decades, we just keep spending the money we don’t have and increasing our financial bondage. God has a better plan. He has given us clear, positive illustrations of the power we have when we maintain a positive understanding of stewardship. If money wasn’t important to God, He wouldn’t have said so much about how we use it, what it represents, and the kingdom impact it can have. This three-part series will help you understand how God wants His children to think about tithes, offerings, and giving in general.
Michael has served as Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church since 1989. The church has 3,000 members and has averaged one hundred baptisms each year. Thousands have joined the church from Albany and 29 surrounding communities. The church has changed from a neighborhood church to a regional, multi-ethnic congregation with members from eleven nations. Sherwood has three campuses covering 130-plus acres—the main church campus, the lower school campus and the upper school campus. The 82-acre sports complex, Legacy Park, is currently being developed with tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, equestrian center, fishing pond, pavilion and other facilities to reach the community through sports and recreation. “Path to Truth,” the weekly broadcast of Sherwood’s services, is seen in over ninety markets around the country and is also available on the web and via podcast at www.sherwoodbaptist.net.
Michael’s life verse: “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) Michael’s vision statement: “Whoever wants the next generation the most will get them.”
Michael holds degrees from Mississippi College, Luther Rice Bible College and Seminary and Trinity Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile in 2010.
Michael and his wife Terri have been married since 1974. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.