If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3
Generosity and love are like two sides of the same coin, they are wonderful complimentary gifts from God. Generosity is a movement of people who love each other just as they do themselves. This is an expression of worship that is done in unity. To remind us of this, on Sundays we’re now starting to have the offering taken up during the third song in the service. Our hope is that we can recognise the offering as another part of how we worship God.
Last Sunday, you would have received the “Commitment” form, which asked you to think about what you might give to Papanui Baptist over the next year. Again, this is about unity and an act of worship to God. These forms aren’t just for those who want to give a lot—they’re for everybody, whether you can offer $5 or $1000. What matters is that everybody participates, because this church is everyone’s.
We are hoping to do this annually, as an invitation for us all to reconsider how we offer God our finances, and to ask his guidance in our commitment. We won’t do it more than that. A desire is that this would help the managers to form a budget based on what the church has determined it will give. This year, a particular motivation is that we are needing to correct a deficit budget. But the greater desire, going forward, is that we’d be making financial commitments for the sake of what God’s doing in the wider community. There will be more information about this in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please pray for the managers, pastors, and elders as we form the budget for 2018.
Sarah and Elliot Rice