Obedient Giving Causes Impact
I want to express gratitude again for everyone here at Grace who is making a difference in the lives of countless people through consistent giving. Your charitable gifts enhance the ministry of Grace here and around the world. You’ve helped to start several new churches in the area, you’ve encouraged an urban church with their after-school programs, you’ve given toward hurricane relief and missions outreach, and much, much more!
Every gift at Grace helps to show the love of Jesus to people who matter to God.
There are many promises and principles in the Bible about giving, like Ezekiel 44:30.
“You are to give the first portion…so that a blessing may rest on your house.”
It’s very easy for us to focus on ourselves and end up giving leftovers to God and his work. But according to the Bible, when God’s people give leftovers and not “the first portion,” they forfeit the blessing that’s ready to “rest on their houses.”
Another biblical tip about giving: “Now about the collection for the Lord’s people…On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made” (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Biblical giving is regular, planned and proportionate to what God has provided in our income, rather than just when we feel prompted.
If you haven’t prayerfully planned your giving, now would be a great time to ask the Lord about how he would have you to do that. Many at Grace give online, or through automatic withdrawal; if that sounds like a helpful option for you, check out gracecma.org/give
Thanks for trusting the Lord together as we seek to reach out in new ways, make a greater impact regionally and globally, pay off our mortgage, and be unhindered in the work God has called us to complete. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Grace’s future and couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing! Thanks for your partnership.