#GivingTuesday

Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been known as #GivingTuesday. It’s the “official” start of the holiday giving season.

This year, on November 28, we want to encourage you to participate in #GivingTuesday.

Since 2003, South Charlotte Baptist Academy has been serving families in the South Charlotte area by providing a quality, Christian education in a safe and nurturing environment!

During the course of the school year, our students take a variety of different trips – field trips, retreats, etc. We praise the Lord for the safety which our students, faculty, staff, and families have experienced on these trips, it is our desire to purchase a “new to us” school bus that can be used to transport our students, faculty & staff on these trips. It is our desire to purchase a gently used school bus that is less than 10 years old and has less than 100,000 miles on it. For such a bus, we are budgeting $50,000. Currently, $17,000 has been given toward that goal. Would you please consider giving to help us reach this goal?

 

Thank You!

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3

I am very thankful for a giving church family.

Below, you will find links to two “Thank You” cards that I received from individuals who have been the recipients of our giving church family. Please take the time to read them!

Thank you for being a blessing to others!

All In: Biblical Stewardship & Faith Promise, Part 3

As we have been studying Biblical stewardship in Sunday school, I have been sharing the following definition with my Sunday school class…

 

 

Biblical stewardship involves my relationship with God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, as He reveals Himself to me and then my obedience to His commands as He seeks to reveal Himself through me to the world.

When we say that “…He seeks to reveal Himself through me to the world” we are really talking about the Gospel message. So, Biblical stewardship is especially applicable as we are discussing giving to world-wide missions. Notice, also, that the definition of Biblical stewardship also states, “…my obedience to His commands…” We saw one of those commands this morning, which is also the first step in Faith Promise Mission Giving – surrendering ourselves to the Lord!

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” [1] Romans 12:1

Let’s look at the testimony of the churches of Macedonia…(Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-6)

The churches in Macedonia gave to the work of the Gospel ministry.

They were empowered to give by the grace of God! (vs. 1)

Grace is the supernatural enabling of God to do the work of God. If you have received Christ as your Savior you have experienced God’s “saving grace.” To continue in the Christian life, we must experience God’s “sustaining grace” or His “enabling grace.” Paul wanted the Corinthians to experience this same grace!

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” [2] 2 Corinthians 9:8

It should be our desire to abound in this grace – “Grace Giving” – as well!

They gave in “a great trial of affliction.” (vs. 2)

The Macedonians were familiar with suffering. Often the greatest blessings and spiritual growth come during times of great suffering. The affliction of the Macedonians did not affect their giving – except that it might have made them more liberal! Many today stop giving for very trivial reasons. Even if you are experiencing “great” affliction, step out in faith and give!

They gave joyfully. (vs. 2)

Paul says, “the abundance of their joy.”

I love to watch the children collect the loose change offering on Sunday evenings. Why? Because they do it so joyfully! Why are they able to be so joyful? Because they have a proper perspective on the money that they have in their hands. 1) the money does not belong to them and 2) the money is not intended for them!

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” [3] 2 Corinthians 9:7

They gave out of their “deep poverty.” (vs. 2)

The churches in Macedonia were not just in poverty; they were in deep poverty. They had it bad. Their faithfulness in spite of their poverty is precisely what made their example so precious and effective! What do we tend to do in times of economic difficulty? What is the first thing cut from the budget when there is not enough money for everything? The first thing removed from the budget is the thing of least importance, or the thing for which there is little love.

They gave liberally. (vs. 2)

They gave unselfishly.

 

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” [4] 2 Corinthians 9:6

They gave beyond their ability. (vs. 3)

To give beyond their ability required faith. They prayed for God to enable and allow them to give beyond their human limitation. God answered their prayer. Anything beyond one’s power cannot be done without assistance from another source! Some Christians have a difficulty understanding faith giving. To those Christians I suggest they cease trying to understand faith giving and begin by sacrificing. Simply commit to an amount and give it each week.

They gave willingly. (vs. 3)

No one had to force the Macedonians to give. They gave willingly.

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” [5] 2 Corinthians 9:7

They greatly desired to have a part in Paul’s ministry. (vs. 4)

This goes back to the definition of Biblical stewardship.

Biblical stewardship involves my relationship with God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, as He reveals Himself to me and then my obedience to His commands as He seeks to reveal Himself through me to the world.

God does not need our meager giving. But, He allows us the opportunity to take part in the work of the ministry; in the work of the Gospel message! We should count it an honor to be able to participate by giving to enable the Gospel to be taken to the uttermost parts of the world!

“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” [6] Philippians 4:17

[1] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Ro 12:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Co 9:8). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Co 9:7). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Co 9:6). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[5] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Co 9:7). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[6] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Php 4:17). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

All In: Biblical Stewardship & Faith Promise, Part 2

The Gospel message demands that we be “All In.” We have been commanded to take the Gospel message to every corner of the globe so that every person might hear that message. However, if we – individually – have not specifically been called to go every corner of the globe to carry the Gospel message, how are we going to fulfill the command of Acts 1:8?

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.[1]” Acts 1:8

As a church, we must give to enable others to go in our place! That is exactly what the church in Antioch did!

“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

“And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

“So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

“And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God… [2]” Acts 13:2-5

I then began to introduce Faith Promise Missions Giving. Regardless of your level of knowledge of Faith Promise Missions Giving, we can all use the reminder and the encouragement!

The Faith Promise Method

I remind you of the fact that you will not find the term, “Faith Promise,” in the Bible. However, the Biblical principles behind “Faith Promise Giving” are! As you commit, by faith, to give for the purpose of world-wide missions, God will respond to that step of faith and give you grace to fulfill that commitment.

“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship [He took a step of faith], he walked on the water [God gave him grace to fulfill his commitment], to go to Jesus.[3]” Matthew 14:28-29

It is because of this that you may also hear the term “Grace Giving.” Grace is “the supernatural enabling of God to do the work of God.” As we are speaking today, the “work of God” that we are referring to is the work of world-wide missions – taking the message of the Gospel to every corner of the world. As we take that step of faith in giving to world-wide missions, God will affirmatively respond to our faith enabling us – through grace – to fulfill our commitment to Him.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.[4]” Luke 6:38

What Faith Promise is Not

“Faith Promise” is not your tithe.

As a Christian, tithing – giving 10% of your gross income is simply a matter of obedience to God.

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. [5]” Leviticus 27:30

I would argue that Christians who are unwilling to be obedient to God in the matter of giving their tithe are probably not going to be obedient to the commands of God as it relates to Gospel message! This is why the very first commitment on the “All In” commitment card says,

“I/ We commit to tithe 10% of my/our gross income to support the ministry of South Charlotte Baptist Church.”

Some seated here this morning need to simply pull out their check book and be obedient to God and give your tithe to God. It belongs to Him!

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

“Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,

And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.[6]” Malachi 3:8-10

Before trying to go “All In” for world-wide missions start by being obedient to God in the matter of tithing.

“Faith Promise” is not “figuring out” what you can give.

I would call this the “Starbuck’s Method.” Some will reason in their own minds that, if they give up going to Starbucks one time a week that they will be able to give $xxxxxx to world-wide missions. That is “figuring out” what you can give; not giving by faith.

Quote: “Faith is not required to give from available resources!” – Dr. John Halsey

Whatever is not given by faith is given by flesh and that makes it dependent upon the giver, not God. An individual who gives in this manner will likely stop giving when difficulties come! In fact, just mark it down that, when you, by faith, make any type of commitment to God – whether giving to missions, or a commitment to be faithful in your church attendance, or a commitment to be faithful to read and study God’s Word – difficulties will come! And, if you simply “figured it out” then when difficulties come you are not going to be able to “figure it out” any longer and you will give up on your commitment!

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart [not in their head], so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. [7]” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Determine to give by faith which necessitates that you spend time with God to determine what that will be! That is why I have asked individuals not to return their “All In” commitment cards just yet.

“Faith Promise” is not being “foolish” about selecting an amount.

God desires that we live “by faith.” He does not want us to be foolish. Some people may think that, since “Faith Promise Giving” isn’t dependent upon their supplying the funds, they can simply put down a figure that is both foolish and unrealistic! You should spend time, with God, prayerfully considering what God would have you give, by faith!

The First Requirement for “Faith Promise Giving.”

Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-6.

Paul wrote 2 Corinthians to the church in Corinth, which was located in the “state” of Achaia on the southern tip of what we now know of as the country of Greece. According to 2 Corinthians 8:10-11, the Christians in Corinth had made a commitment to give a gift to the Apostle Paul but, a year later, had not followed through with that commitment.In chapter 8, Paul was using the giving of the churches in the “state” of Macedonia as an example to the church in Corinth. Two of the churches that were located in Macedonia were the churches located in Philippi and Thessalonica. You can read about how the Philippians supported Paul by reading Philippians chapter 4.

The churches in Macedonia gave to the work of the Gospel ministry.

  • They were empowered to give by the grace of God! (vs. 1)
  • They gave in “a great trial of affliction.” (vs. 2)
  • They gave joyfully. (vs. 2)
  • They gave out of their “deep poverty.” (vs. 2)
  • They gave liberally. (vs. 2)
  • They gave beyond their ability. (vs. 3)
  • They gave willingly. (vs. 3)
  • They greatly desired to have a part in Paul’s ministry. (vs. 4)

Any of those things would be cause for rejoicing. However, those were not what Paul was most excited about! The first requirement for “Faith Promise Giving” is found in vs. 5. The Philippians “…first gave their own selves to the Lord…” Before God desires your finances, He desires you.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

As you look at all of the missionaries that South Charlotte Baptist Church supports, there is one thing that I can guarantee you. Before they ever stepped foot on the mission field, there was a specific time in their life when they fully surrendered to God! They went “All In!”

The great missionary, Hudson Taylor, shared this testimony. Several months after he was saved, he spent an afternoon in his room fellowshipping with the Lord. He spent time thanking God for the wonderful gift of salvation but, also, in his words, “I besought Him to give me some work to do for Him…” He went on to say, “Well do I remember, as in unreserved consecration I put myself, my life, my friends, my all, upon the altar, the deep [gravity] that came over my soul with the assurance that my offering was accepted…For what service I was accepted I knew not; but a deep consciousness that I was no longer my own took possession of me, which has never been [erased].

Judson Van DeVenter was an art teacher in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the 19th century. He was also an accomplished musician, singer, and composer and a Christian who was active in his local church. For several years, Judson struggled between seeking recognition as an artist or devoting himself fully to the Gospel ministry. He wrote…

“For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life. I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, He caused me to sing.”

He went on to write…

All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

This morning, do you need to go “All In” and fully surrender to the Lord?

[1] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Ac 1:8). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Ac 13:2–5). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Mt 14:28–29). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Lk 6:38). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[5] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Le 27:30). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[6] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Mal 3:8–10). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[7] The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Co 9:7). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Thank You for Giving

God's WordI recently received the following email…

 

Dear Pastor Campbell, Sir!

Psalm 147:5 KJV – Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. I am ___________________, a Filipino Baptist, saved on March 26, 1989, baptized at the Christian Bible Baptist Church, Fort Andres Bonifacio, Metro Manila, Philippines, on October 17, 1993.
 
I am a recipient of one of the KJV Bibles which you have sponsored to distribute around the world. May I express my profound gratitude for your zeal to spread the WORD OF GOD! I am confident that this good work which you have done will THE LORD JESUS CHRIST repay to thee a thousand fold!
 
May GOD richly bless you in all your endeavors till the LORD JESUS CHRIST comes again!  Again, thank you very much, Sir. Amen! Philippians 4:23 KJV – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
I’m not exactly sure how this gentleman came to receive this Bible or from whom he received but it is a testament to the giving spirit of the people of South Charlotte Baptist Church! It is also a testament to the burden of the Great Commission that is evident among the members of South Charlotte Baptist Church.
Never lose site of the Gospel! And, never lose a desire to share the Gospel with others!

Loose-Change Offerings & Our College Students

bigstock-Coins-Stacked-On-Dollar-Bills-3590223-Loose-ChangeEvery Sunday night we take a “loose-change offering” where the children in our church go around to all of the adults and collect their loose change. We have a container that we fill up with that change (and dollar bills). We have used those loose change offerings for a variety of things from mission projects to our Back Pack Ministry. Currently, we are sending these loose change offerings to our Bible college students as an encouragement to them.

I was tagged in the following Facebook post from our college student who was the most recent recipient of that loose change offering:

So my installment for school was due yesterday and I was 292 dollars short. I received a letter in the mail in the afternoon from friends at church with 40 dollars in it which was a huge blessing. But I also received a letter from South Charlotte Baptist Church and I thought it was my W2 so I didn’t pay any mind to it. But when I opened it, it was a check for 152 dollars. So while I was sitting on my bed in tears of joy because now I was precisely 100 dollars short from what I needed, God went above and beyond what I had asked and I was given 100 dollars from someone else. I had exactly 292 dollars. Not only did God give me what I needed but He gave it the day it was needed. I serve a great and mighty sovereign God.

I want to say a big “THANK YOU” to our entire church family for their generosity. This college student has learned a wonderful lesson on the provision of God!

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19