Week Five: December 20 - 26
Suggested weekly reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Acts 4:32-37, Mark 6:30-44
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“The task is not to get God to do something I think needs done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can participate in it.” - Eugene Peterson
In a column in the Kansas City Star, Billy Graham wrote, “Every ministry needs financial support, and it’s not wrong to make God’s people aware of those needs and seek their help. When we give to God’s work, we are only returning to him a portion of what he has already given to us.” Graham concluded from 2 Corinthians 9:12 that not only are we partnering with those ministries but we are also expressing our thanksgiving to God. Our generosity doesn’t begin with our pocketbooks or bank accounts, it begins with our hearts.
Berean has been in the south metro for almost 60 years. God has provided every step of the way: the property, the buildings, the pastors, the staff, and the resources used to invest the gospel in the community. We have remained steadfast in God being our provider in the best of economies and the worst of times. God’s faithfulness never changes even though our circumstances might.
As we pray this week, we will also be celebrating the birth of Jesus. Even though this baby would bring the greatest gift of all, we find the magi bringing him gifts, bowing, and worshipping him. As we are reminded of the grace upon grace that we’ve received from King Jesus, may we continue to have generous hearts to financially partner with the ministry of Berean.
- Pray we would continue to reduce our debt.
- Pray for wisdom as we restructure our fixed costs (building usage, utilities, personnel, benefits).
- Pray for resources for our ministries and global partners.
- Pray for our year-end giving.
“The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers" (Psalm 24:1-2 ESV).