Giving - an Act of Grace
The gospel allures our hearts to support the work of the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul teaches that a giving heart is created and sustained only by God’s undeserved giving of Christ to sinners as proclaimed in the gospel.
Paul depicts financial giving as an act of grace. He urges believers to excel in acts of grace (2 Cor. 8:7) in order to advance the work of the gospel.
Sacrificial, joyful, generous giving is a chief implication of the gospel being the gospel (2 Cor. 8:2; 2 Cor. 9:7). Generous giving is the overflow of a heart allured and won by grace. It is not forced by guilt, fear or selfish desire for reward (2 Cor. 8:8-10; 2 Cor. 9:7). Only the gospel causes a heart to overflow in a wealth of eager, cheerful generosity towards others (2 Cor. 8:2-5).
Like Paul to the Corinthians, we invite you to support the ministry of Crossroads Baptist Church in order to advance the gospel (2 Cor. 9:10-15). Our collection is an integral part of the ministry of the gospel. Your generosity will not only supply the needs of the saints but also overflow in many thanksgivings to the glory of God (2 Cor. 9:12-13)!
If you are not a member of Crossroads Baptist Church but have found our ministry to be a gospel blessing and thus feel led to support our work in addition to your own local church, we are thankful for your support.
If you are not a Christian and are thinking about visiting Crossroads Baptist Church, be assured that we will never ask or pressure you to give anything. We want you to come to know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who though being rich for your sake became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9).