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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 3, 2012 - It’s Who We Are

By Doug Clay

When I served as a pastor, I loved October. It was the month in which we conducted our missions convention. It was an annual event that reminded us of our purpose as a church to provide a way for a clear presentation of the gospel to be made to the whole world.

Some Christians, and sadly some churches, view missions as “optional” — kind of like heated seats when buying a car. The fact is, as followers of Christ, we are obligated to share the good news of Christ to our generation.

“I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome. I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Romans 1:14-16, NIV).

In the Assemblies of God, we have used the faith promise principle to help us fulfill the Great Commission.

A faith promise is a sacred agreement between you and God where you commit to being the conduit through which God can channel resources.

The faith part is your willingness to be a conduit. The promise part is recognizing that God will honor your faith and that you will release what He provides.

It’s not calculated giving; it’s faith giving. It’s not what you think you can do; it’s what you believe God wants to do through you.

Faith promise giving is the most exciting adventure you and your church can be involved in.

I participate in faith promise giving every year because …

1. It produces a blessing for me and my family. I am fully convinced God’s blessing is upon faith promise participation because there’s nothing in it for ourselves.

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).

2. It’s part of fulfilling the Great Commission. My missions giving provides missionaries the means to represent the gospel to places I will never go.

“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (Romans 10:15).

3. It’s proven to be very successful. To date, we have more than 63 million people worldwide who belong to the Assemblies of God, primarily because of the sacrificial work of our missionaries. Missions works!

The primary purpose of the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission. This Commission Jesus gave was not an afterthought to His earthly ministry — it was and is the culmination of our purpose that has always existed in the heart of God!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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