sermon will introduce the theme of the series. The crux of the sermon will make
one point – that all good gifts come from the Lord. That’s what Deuteronomy
details entirely to Israel. All they have comes from God and so it is right to
give back to God. We give up the first fruits. God’s portion comes first, before
our own. Luke’s recounting of the temptation in the wilderness sees Jesus giving up the temptations of
pleasure, power, and pride. Our response upon receiving God’s gifts is to
not treat them as our own, and to freely give them up.