Thanks for your giving!
I want to express gratitude again for everyone here at Grace who is making a difference in the lives of countless people through your 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 gave toward hurricane relief, you’ve given toward missions outreach, and much more!
Every gift at Grace helps to reach more people who matter so much to God.
There are so 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 Ezekiel 44:30, when God’s people give leftovers and not firstfruits, they forfeit the blessing that’s ready to rest on their houses.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. 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)
Paul tells the Corinthians to think out the proportion of their income they are giving away (“a sum … in keeping with your income”) and then to lay some aside every week. Studies — and common sense — reveal that people who plan their giving to the church and give it every month or at other regular intervals end up being far more generous than those who give only when in church, or when they feel prompted, or even just at the end of the year. We become more generous as we make deliberate plans to get there through strategic giving.
Many give online, or through automatic withdrawal. If everyone who comes to Grace would plan their giving, the difference would be significant. We would be able 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! Thanks for trusting the Lord together!