Excerpt from "First Things" Vol. LXVI, No. 6, February 7, 2016
Sometime this week, you will receive a letter in the mail containing some updated information about our Gen2Gen Campaign. And we have some very good news. I won’t repeat that information here except to say that we are greatly encouraged. One final push, as they say, and we can get this part of the Campaign behind us.
Many of you were present at our recent Congregational Meeting – apparently, the highest attendance our church has known for such an event. Kudos to Chef Richard and his team who managed to confirm our belief in the miracle of the loaves and fishes!
It was a very encouraging evening, and I sensed, as did those present, that the Lord is truly “in” this venture. Yes, we need dollars to fulfil some of its aspects. And yes, we need participation from as many of our church family as possible. And not just the big gifts. This is a case where the “widow’s mite” is appropriate.
We have received some very generous pledges (our people are bighearted in giving to the Lord’s work), but it is not the size of the donation that counts – it is “generosity” (2 Cor. 9:13), and the fact that it is given “willingly” (2 Cor. 9:5) and “cheerfully” (2 Cor. 9:7).
There are moments in the life of the church where it is apparent that another generation is eagerly taking on the responsibility once shouldered by their parents and grandparents. Many of us sense that such a moment is upon us. It is evident that we have a number of families – 50-60 and more – who are ready to own the burden of leadership and assume the responsibilities that go along with it. Future generations will require such bold steps of faith.
So utterly convinced is the Capital Campaign Committee that the task given to them is achievable, they have urged that we set a deadline for the end of February.
This Campaign can be done – and, over the next month, I am asking for you to make it a matter of prayer. Prayer has been our focus these past few weeks, and one particular prayer request I am asking of you is the completion of our Capital Campaign. I am, of course, asking you to pray that the Lord will move us all to “generous giving” – sacrificial giving, giving that reflects the giving of the Lord Jesus for us and for our salvation. For that is the measure of it. Just at the point where Paul is encouraging Christians to give to the church in Jerusalem (in this instance, to relieve poverty), he cites this motive:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).
The gospel is the motivation for cheerful, sacrificial giving.
Sincerely in Christ,
Derek W.H. Thomas
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