In these days just after Thanksgiving, I’m thanking God for you.
LifePoint, thank you for being a people who pursue Jesus.
Thank you for your sacrifice and risk.
Thank you for not running from hard things.
I’m thankful for hearts that are captured by the gospel and passions enlisted into His mission.
This little Thanksgiving list started over the weekend, when I was exploring some of the language that Paul uses to talk about generosity. Conversations around generosity and personal finances are a touchy subject in the church today. The Apostle Paul, however, saw the conversation differently. Paul’s heart beat to reach the lost and plant churches, but he knew that he could not (and should not) do that alone. So we find Paul thanking the church in Philippi for their financial partnership (Phil. 1:5, 4:14-20), instructing the Corinthians to financially support the work of ministry (1 Cor. 9:14), and asking the church in Rome to give generously so that he could continue on his mission.
“I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.” (Rom. 5:24)
Paul went there. Again and again, Paul talked about money. It’s instructive, though, to see that for Paul talking about financial generosity is never simply about money. It was about the gospel. Paul’s passion for the spread of the gospel compelled him to talk about the church’s financial generosity. In other words, Paul made a direct link between financial generosity and the advancement of this gospel message.
This is why Paul was never scared to talk about money. He knew the urgency of the mission and the beauty of the message. LifePoint, may we be guided by the same convictions during this season.
May we as a church “go there” because we are so smitten by the gospel.
May we “go there” because we see the connection between our generosity and the advancement of God’s kingdom in Quincy and around the world.
This is why I’m celebrating. I’m thankful to be a part of a church family who has been willing to “go there” in this season. And that remains my prayer for LifePoint. I’m asking God that He would grant us the grace to “go there” again and again for His name’s sake in Quincy and around the world! Would you pray that prayer with me for our church?
*And a huge thank you to everyone who has already turned in an intention card. If you haven’t yet, please drop-off your intention card at the office this week, or email your intentions to Pastor Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org). We plan to give the congregation an update this Sunday as to our initial numbers, and would love to include your journey in the totals. Remember: our lead goal is a discipleship goal (100% participation). No matter the financial amount, we want your journey to be a part of the celebration! Looking forward to Sunday!