We’re approaching one of the most exciting days in the Trinity Central annual calendar!
This coming Sunday is our Gift Day, when we come together as a church to give back to God some of the resource that He has put in our hands.
I need to give to God? Why?
Well, for a number of reasons!
Firstly, I need to give because it reminds me that everything I have came from Him in the first place. Giving to God reminds me that I am utterly dependent on Him. I have a roof over my head because He provides it to me. I have possessions because He has blessed me. I have a job because he gave it to me.
Secondly, I need to give because it provokes my faith. As I ask God how much I should give it shapes faith in me, it stretches me. It keeps me seeking first the Kingdom. I can participate in mission in many ways, but also in giving.
Thirdly, I need to give because it means that I am taking responsibility for the ‘temple’ that God is building me into. God chooses to use us and our resources to extend His Kingdom and to build His temple, the Church.
Fourthly, I need to give because it creates space for God to move to provide. Remember the boy who gave away his lunch, his few loaves and fishes? I’ll bet he never forgot giving those away!
Fifthly, I need to give because it disciplines my propensity toward self-centredness, materialism, and consumerism. There are many things that I could distract myself with, but when I give my money to Jesus I set my sights on eternal things, on that which has true value. Giving is like kicking self-centredness in the teeth!
Finally, I need to give because that is what God created me to do. Giving is one of the ways in which we most reflect God. God is generous beyond our wildest comprehension. And when we give we express something of the nature of God in us.
Join the adventure!
As we come to our Gift Day, we’re inviting you to join us on the faith adventure that God has called us into together. Jesus is building something special among us, and there are wonderful challenges ahead of us. There are four areas and challenges that this Gift Day will be going towards:
- Our regular expenses need to be covered. We want to see Alpha resourced and our venue costs met. As yet our monthly giving doesn’t cover these expenses, and so we rely on the Gift Day to bridge the gap.
- As we grow, we need to see more leadership capacity in Trinity Central, particularly looking to take on an implementer and another full time elder.
- We are looking to resource some church planting, and in this coming season we want to give in to the new Toronto church plant. More on that to come!
- God has spoken to us prophetically about caring for the poor. We don’t know yet what that’s going to look like, but we know it’ll likely cost us something to set up.
If you could invest in something that had a guaranteed return and eternal benefit, you would be crazy not to! Well…. this is it! Let’s partner together in God to see a wonderful living ‘temple’ built here in Vancouver, and to seeing God’s Kingdom advance here and beyond! Who knows, the dollars you give this weekend could be involved in shaping someone’s eternity!