13th September 2015

This autumn we are going to be looking at our monetary giving with a   campaign called ‘Giving in Grace.’ We talk a lot about grace in the church but do we understand what it is?

There are a number of ways of describing grace. John Stott, the great  evangelical preacher and writer describes grace as “…love that cares and stoops and rescues.” Paul Zahl, an American priest and theologian says, “Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.”

Those of us who believe and trust in Jesus have received God’s grace: his freely given, unmerited favour, poured out upon us. Some writers call this ‘outrageous grace’ because God gives and gives and gives again. Even though we ‘are not worthy to gather up the crumbs under the table’ we have a God whose ‘nature is always to have mercy.’ We are loved unconditionally. Isn’t that an exciting and uplifting thought?

It is also one to challenge us. If we are to follow the model of Jesus as his disciples then we are called to grow in grace. To do as has been done to us. Over the next weeks and months we will be exploring the implications of that upon our planned giving.

This week you will receive a prayer card. I ask that you take it and use those prayers at home. If this campaign is to be successful and grow our income so that we can sustain the work of building the Kingdom of God, we need to support it with prayer. Let’s begin today.


Every blessing,  Jenny


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