An Opportunity to Give

21 03 2011

In Exodus 35 Moses tells the people the vision God has given him for the building of the Tabernacle and invites them to give generously into the work. The people depart and then, “all the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.” And the people kept giving and kept giving and kept giving until the leaders had to say to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” Crazy! Moses had to tell them not to bring anything else because “the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.”

There is a work that we believe God has given us to do.

We want to make Jesus famous on college campuses throughout Northeast Florida.

We want to reach college age students and young adults with the hope that is found in Christ.

We want to be part of fulfilling the dream that God has for our generation around the world.

Throughout April we are going to be raising funds through the 218 Campaign to help us resource the dream that God has given us. But before we start that, we want to give you all, the Forward Community, the chance to give into the campaign through a seed offering.

I have to say, I’m really excited about this opportunity for us. I have great expectations about the amount that will be given through this offering. We strongly believe that ministry to, for and with college students and young adults is really important and I think all of you would agree. Through this offering, we will be able to tangibly show that we are serious about the vision God has given us. How amazing would it be if at the end of the 218 Campaign so much was brought as an offering to the Lord that we could say that we had enough to do all the work and more?

I would like to challenge you, Forward, to consider how you can give sacrificially into the seed offering. And yes, giving sacrificially means that it is going to cost you something. In 2 Samuel 24 David says, “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” Sacrifice is very often the context for miracles and our generation needs us to care, to act, to risk, to give.

I look forward to celebrating with you at the worship night on March 30th the seed offering that we will be presenting to God for the vision He has given us!





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