Today's Topic: The Big Day
Today was Go Forward Sunday. Covenant Life Church has another opportunity to grow in the grace of giving. What a wonderful chance to apply the messages we heard in January on Affluenza and last week on True Riches.
The Go Forward Fund will help us advance some specific aspects of our mission to build a community of gospel-centered people. Specifically, all funds given over the next year will be given to debt reduction (40%), building improvements (30%), training new leaders (20%), and church planting (10%).
We spent this morning in preparation for this investment opportunity.
We began by viewing the new Covenant Life Welcome DVD. In the future, this short video will be available for members to hand out to introduce others to the church, especially those who are hesitant to attend. The video briefly discussed all the ministry areas of our church, which gave us a great chance to remember how much God is doing here and to understand that we are giving toward more than just the building. We are investing in more changed lives.
Sidenote: I'm interested to see how the Welcome DVD idea works. Will people actually give it out? How will non-members or non-Christians react? Will they visit as a result? I'll probably do a review of the DVD once it's available for public consumption and we have some data on how it's being received.
Then, Joshua Harris gave the last message from the Luke series on the Great Commission. He reminded us of the message we proclaim, and the mission that we have as a church.
Finally, we were able to give our one-time offerings and make our commitment for the next year. Unfortunately, my wife and I haven't completely identified how much the Lord is calling us to give yet. I can't wait to send in the envelope with our investment in the mission of Jesus Christ!
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