For months now we have watched the subtle changes taking place around us Sunday by Sunday. In just a few weeks, our Senior Adults will be moving into new classrooms. Over the years, they have watched others get new rooms, facilities, equipment, while they have given faithfully to support the ministry that made that possible. Now our precious senior members are going to be on the receiving end and it is a joy to see that happen.
We have been able to pay for all of the renovations that have been done up to this point and for that, we give thanks to the Lord and rejoice. Now comes the time to do the final one-third of the work and payment will be due. We need one million dollars to complete the work which should be finished by late December – just in time for the New Year.
This coming Sunday, we will take a special offering to finish the renovations in the auditorium. I am asking that you be in prayer daily about this, and hope that you plan to be a part of meeting this need. I am confident in our Lord that He who began a good work, will be faithful to complete. All of us have an opportunity to be a part of what God is doing at First Baptist Jacksonville.
Paul writes to the Corinthians and states that “Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” The word used here is one that speaks of predetermination. In other words, God does not want us to give carelessly or casually but with great thought and planning.
At the same time Paul says that giving should never be done remorsefully, with regret or reluctance. He states, “God loves a cheerful giver.” Let me quote a rather well-known theologian at this point:
God loves the world in a general sense (John 3:16), but He has a deeper, more wonderful love for His own (John 13:1; 1 John 4:16), and a special love for each one of His who gives cheerfully. – John MacArthur
I am calling us, as a church, to be in prayer over these next few days about what God would have each one of us to do – and then for us to do it cheerfully.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday with God’s word in one hand, and an envelope in the other.
If you need an envelope on Sunday, please see one of the ushers and they can provide that for you. You may also give using our online form, and notate “Special Auditorium Renovations” as the fund.