The Inside Column 29/7

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A very warm welcome to all this morning. Today is a day to give thanks— a day to give.

No-one really likes talking about it, but we figure you can handle it. Money and time…

The vast majority of the income which enables the vision of St Barnabas to be realised is given voluntarily and generously by members of the church. Giving financially to the work of the local church is something that the Bible points to be a normal and regular part of being a follower of Jesus, committed to the life and  vision of a local church.

Not only does such giving enable the different ministries of the church to continue and to grow, it is also a way of preventing money from getting an unhealthy grip on our lives. The Bible views    financial giving to be a spiritual issue, not just a practical concern. Generous giving to the work of God’s Kingdom, through the work of the local church, is an expression of our worship of God and a practice which guards against money beginning to master us.

We are a church that has a history of generous financial giving and of time. The reason for  having a gift day?

  • We want to give people a chance to commit to being involved in the life of the church and our vision and mission.
  • We want to address our financial situation.
  • We want our giving to be a celebration of joy and worship.

 

Today when we take up the offering instead of handing around the bags we will have a basket up the front for you to come up and put your pledge card or your offering in as we worship, making our giving  part of our worship, as we each choose to give with great joy.

As the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 9: 6- 8…

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Each of you should give what you have  decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,  for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly,  so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

 

PS, If you are a visitor

today, there is no

expectation for you to give.

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