"But since you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you – see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich."
Financial giving is an important way in which we can demonstrate our response to God for what He has done for us. The passage above shows us the following about giving:
· It is a grace from God to bless others
· It is just one of the ways we can excel for God
· It comes from our reflection on Jesus’ generosity toward us
· It demonstrates a life changed by Jesus to think of others and not self
The money given to the church is used for ministry purposes in growing God’s kingdom by making Jesus known. Much of this money is used locally in the gospel work we are directly involved in as a church. But we also support others connected to our church who do gospel work here and overseas. Each year a budget is set by the Board of Management (read on to find out more about this group) and then this budget is seen and approved by the church each year.
We welcome your partnership in the gospel through giving and in other ways. This can be done each week during the collection in the Sunday services or you can set up direct debit with your bank using the bank details of BPC: