In recent years we have asked you at this season to consider making a donation to help with scholarships for our students. You have responded with generosity and love. For this we are thankful.
Again, this year we are giving you the opportunity to Share the Gift of God with 35 families who attend St. James only because of the generosity of the congregation. We are blessed to be able to provide a quality academic and Christian education to so many children.
This year we are hoping you will reflect upon God’s gifts to you and your family and prayerfully consider sharing your blessings in support of our mission. Our goal is to raise $200,000.
Please consider how God will use you to Share the Gift, and ask Him to open your heart so St. James’ mission of “Reaching out with the love of Jesus” can continue to bless children and families. Click here to Share the Gift.
Why Should You Share the Gift?
Reason #1: To whom does it belong?
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and all those that dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1
As believers we first have to come to terms with the fact that we truly own nothing. Everything we possess now or ever will belongs to God. We are only entrusted with it for a time and during that time we must make wise choices with God’s resources. It’s the principle of stewardship.
Reason #2: What has God done for you?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus love for you is so profound that He sacrificed His own life so that you could live. Our sacrifice of some of His wealth is a simple way to say “thank you” to our Heavenly Father.
Reason # 3: It is how God increases our trust in Him
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
Giving generously disciplines us to trust God to provide. The more we learn to trust the supply of God, the more comfortable we are understanding the love He gives us.
Reason #4: Generosity unites us with Christ.
“Give and it will be given to you.” Luke 6:38
We’re not talking about “seed-planting” or dollar for dollar return here, but it is a basic scriptural principle that generosity us an act of grace and grace is a characteristic of blessedness.
Reason #5: Why has God given it to you?
“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may hold on eternal life.” 1 Tim 6:18-19
Our wealth is God’s means of giving us the opportunity to invest in eternity. Using a portion of His wealth for others serves them and serves God. We’re going to spend a lot more time at our final destination than this brief pit stop. Let’s make sure we have something when we get there.