Giving Ourselves Away for the Gospel!!!
This Christmas, I am challenging all of us, to consider doing something very radical for Christmas. Let's make Christmas about Jesus, and NOT about us. Let's put our wallets and financial resources, at the feet of Jesus.
Most of us have been impacted financially by Covid. The natural thing to do is to be very cautious with our finances. Of course, we need to be wise stewards of the money for which we've been entrusted. But here is the challenge - forgo Christmas gifts for yourself and other adult family and friends who are followers of Jesus in your life. Instead, pray about spending all of the money that you would spend on gifts for yourself, and give it to the King and His Kingdom.
There are 3 specific ways that we will focus our giving this Christmas as the 15:5 Church family. All of them are beyond our own ministry needs and Kingdom-focused. These are invitations, not expectations. Giving generously is one of the ways that we live radically for Jesus!
1. Great Commission Offering (formerly Global Mission Offering) - Giving to Missions Globally and in Canada through the Canadian National Baptist Convention. (see www.cnbc.ca) Last year our goal was $7,500, and we received almost $7,700! This year, we are suggesting a church-wide goal of $10,000! Let's blow that out of the water! It will mean sacrifice - but we can choose to honour God by honouring God through our giving. See Great Commission Offering Video here: GCO Video
2. The Quest at Christopher Lake - The Quest is celebrating 75 years this year! Countless boys, girls, teens, and adults have either found Jesus there or grown deeper in their relationships with Him because of the ministry of The Quest. Due to COVID, and other issues, the camp is experiencing serious financial need. Would you consider making The Quest a part of your Christmas and year-end giving this year? (see www.questnet.ca)
3. Gift Bags for Residents of the Porteous Lodge - This will be the third year that we will give gifts to the less fortunate at the Porteous Lodge. Many of the residents have no family, and the gifts that we give will be all that they receive this Christmas. This year, we are the only organization or ministry partnering with them. Purchasing an item or 2 for a resident in the name of Jesus can bring joy and happiness to those who are alone or needy. If you can't shop, you are welcome to give a cash donation to help us purchase items on the residents' Christmas Wish-List. Click here for more information on contributing to the Porteous Lodge Gift Bags.