Wow, church, thank you so much.
The count is in. On Sunday you gave/pledged £147,428.06!
That means, collectively, from a church of 240 members, we’ve given more than half a million pounds in 15 months!
I thank God for your generosity. I pray God would bless you all abundantly for trusting Him with your finances and sowing faithfully.
Thank you for holding nothing back.
If you were away and missed the message/chance to give, you know what I’m going to say, please do, it would be lovely to make it a round number; £150,000 or even £300,000!
We have seen His favour in gaining planning permission, Carl Beech’s prophetic word, and in many other ways; let’s keep asking for God’s help to complete what He started.
One of the things that struck me, after Carl’s preach, is the passage he referenced several times in his message: Hebrews 13:5. He was speaking on Father’s Day so he rightly emphasised the latter part of the verse, that God will never leave or forsake a believer. The whole verse is: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” Interesting! Finding our true contentment in our adoption (the spiritual blessings we have) as God’s beloved children, sets us free from the power and control of money and other idols/counterfeit gods in our lives.
The latter part is from Deuteronomy 31:6. It’s Moses’ God-given encouragement to his successor Joshua to lead God’s people over the Jordan river into the Promised Land, starting with the defeat of the seemingly undefeatable Jericho. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.” Now, that’s pretty much what Jesus said to his apprentices, then, and now, at the end of his Great Commission; Matthew 28:20.
This is a great encouragement to us! As we take on the idols of money, fame, power, sex, comfort, image – ‘what people think about me’ – the Jericho of London and beyond; to see hundreds of lives transformed: GOD is with us! God IS with us! God is WITH us! God is with US! Wow!
Finally, please be part of your Life Group/regional prayer meeting this week, praying through our 300-50-1 faith goals.
Love and blessings,