Ok, don’t panic….I ain’t going ‘health and wealth‘!
But, when Paul looks for evidences of grace in the New Testament he often looks at their financial giving. We see it is Philippians and 2 Corinthians most clearly.
Have a look at 2 Corinthians 8:
1And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
What an evidence of grace!
As a church family I see people giving sacrificially all the time. There is a real evidence of grace in the financial giving of AEC. We don’t have to check what people are giving, go around and beg, or even lie and promise ‘health and wealth’ in return. No, we just preach the gospel and people give.
Here are 4 area’s of grace in regards to the financial giving of AEC:
The regular tithes and offerings (no matter what the amount) mean that the church can plan to use God’s resources wisely. I am amazed at how people give month after month.
Over the past year people have had the privilege of supporting Sammy through Bible college. I am so thankful that the church want to invest in future gospel ministry.
As a church we support missionaries in France, Spain, Italy and Bolivia. I am always heartened to hear of people supporting missionaries and being willing to give money to a ministry they will not see the fruit of until Glory.
As a church family, I am always humbled at the way we respond to disasters. This was demonstrated earlier in the year with a special collection and evening for the Haiti relief fund.
What can I say about your giving?
How can I respond to this evidence of grace?
I would have to say with Paul in Philippians:
They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.