On Sunday, April 29, 2012, Mark DeYmaz, explained how we, as Mosaics, need to maximize our financial involvement with the church now. He helped us understand the costs to realistically staff and program a ministry while also moving forward to purchase a building that will become our permanent home. Realizing some of our current deficits, Mark challenged the church to give, beyond what you are giving now, $10 a week through August in honor of our 10th Anniversary. He asked those in attendance to respond to a quick survey that asked four questions:
· Are you giving to God minimally or sacrificially?
· Are you giving to God occasionally or faithfully?
· Would you be willing to prayerfully re-exam your giving to God?
· Would you be willing to commit to an additional $10 per week in your giving to God?
Here were the results:
Fifty percent of those responding say they give sacrificially and 68% indicated they give faithfully each week. To God’s glory, 96% indicated they are willing to prayerfully re-examine their weekly giving to the church. Of those responding, 63 people committed to giving an additional $10 per week starting this week in the 10th Anniversary Giving Box. This will result in an additional $32,760 per year to the Kingdom!
Know that the Mosaic staff and elders are praying for you as you re-examine your giving to Mosaic. Remember, the eyes of the city, nation. and the global church are on us. For God’s glory, we need to do our very best! This is YOUR church. Let’s all get in the game!
Put your $10 in the specially marked giving box at the entrance to the worship center or add to your regular giving.
To aid you in consideration of this special appeal, and in your ongoing commitment to faithful, sacrificial, giving via Mosaic, see what the New Testament expects when it comes to financial giving:
1. We are to give God’s will for us priority over money. Rich Young Ruler, Matthew 19:16-26
2. We are to give sacrificially and not simply from our surplus. The widow’s mite, Mark 12:41-44
3. We are to give in support of those who proclaim the Kingdom. The ministering women, Luke 8:1-3
4. We are to give to God all that He asks of us, not just a portion of it. Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5:1-11
5. We are to give through our local church in support of various needs. The church at Antioch takes up a collection for famine relief, Acts 11:29, 30
6. We are to give according to our ability and beyond. The churches of Macedonia gave from affliction and poverty, 2 Cor. 8:1-5
7. We are to see giving as a privilege. The churches of Macedonia begged to support the saints, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
8. We are to give generously. “He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly …,” 2 Corinthians 9:6
9. We are to give purposefully as God directs us individually to do. “Let each one do as He has purposed in his heart,” 2 Corinthians 9:7
10. We are to give cheerfully. “God loves a cheerful giver,” 2 Corinthians 9:7