Giving, Salvation and Membership!
GracePoint Church is grateful to receive gifts from anyone who is willing to give them but we would not want anyone to think that they are in any way earning their salvation or any credit with God through their giving. If you are not a believer we would gently discourage you from giving. The most important thing for you is to come to know the undeserved grace of God in Jesus Christ. God is no man’s debtor. He is the God who gives us life and breath and everything and then he gives his Son to die for sinners and his Spirit to join us to his Son. Salvation is by grace alone – a free gift.
As a Christian – someone who has realised their sin (that they deserve hell), received the Son (who went through hell instead of them) and been born again as a child of God – we are turned from being inward-looking takers to outward-looking generous givers. As forgiven sinners we don’t give to ‘keep us in salvation’ or ‘to get us nearer to God’ – No – we continue as we have started depending only on Christ alone who has brought us to God. Rather we give as the fruit of our salvation – an overflow from joyful hearts. As children of God we start asking questions like:
- How can I use all my resources, my home, my energies and time, my whole life in the service of Christ and for the advancing of his gospel?
- How can I be supporting the local church I am attending? What will be needed to sustain this gospel ministry? How can I help this church to advance the gospel in this area?
- How can I be a partner in the gospel like the Philippians and Macedonians?
- What are the needs in the church throughout my country and beyond? What would it look like for me to remember my persecuted brothers as if I was in chains with them?
For those of us who have become members and a joined the GracePoint Church family we have an even stronger responsibility for the work of the gospel at this church and the well-being of our family. In the membership covenant we have promise:
“to serve willingly, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.”