In the next 6 months we are asking God for -
50 First time visitors 20 new believers
25 new baptisms 10 new families
$50K special giving for facilities
A fresh excitement for what the Lord is doing at Stonebrooke church.
Every church goes through cycles. Young families usually start churches and as time goes on the age of a church gets older as the families age. Our church is no different. We are definitely at the end of one cycle but my prayer is that we begin a new cycle! In order to do this we have to get some momentum going. This isn’t going to magically happen without some effort. Stonebrooke has to be proactive in building momentum. We need to do our part and ask the Holy Spirit to send us a new wave of families who need Jesus! I’ve developed a strategy that you can be a part of in some shape or form to get the momentum going!
- Pastor Hatch
There are more promises in the Bible about giving than about any other subject.
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously..” (2 Cor.9:6 NIV)
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)
“Good will come to him who is generous...” (Psalm 112:5 NIV)
“‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse... If you do,”says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! ’” (Mal. 3:10 NLT)
Fresh wind fresh fire fresh souls. God blessed us in such a way financially that we were able to pay off our debt and now we are asking him to bless us spiritually with the lost. He’s blessed us with dollars now we ask that he bless us with souls. You and your family can pray for visitors, new believers, and new baptisms!
Every individual and every family in our church can give. Last year we paid off our debt and now we need to update our aging lighting and sound in our main worship auditorium. Plus our Fellowship Hall needs a make-over! These are the first impressions people see when they walk in our doors and we want them to have a first great impression!
If you’ll sincerely ask these 6 questions, you’ll be able to arrive at a specific amount to give. The amount will almost always be larger than the first number that popped into your mind since it will be a step of faith.
1. Will I give based on reason or by revelation?
Is my gift just what I think I can afford or is it what God wants to give through me?
2. Does this amount really stretch my faith?
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Cor 9:8 (NLT)
3. Does it show I value my hope of eternal reward more than material things on earth?
“By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 1 Tim 6:19 (NLT)
4. Will this amount demonstrate how much I love Christ and his church family?
“—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.” 2 Cor 8:7-8 (NLT)
5. Does this amount represent a genuine sacrifice?
“No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” 2 Sam 24:24 (NLT)
6. Does this amount express the level of thanksgiving I have for how Stonebrooke has blessed my life & family?
“I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.” Psalm 54:6 (NLT)
Q: “I’ve attended Stonebrooke church for 12 years and have appreciated the fact that our church does not do constant “fundraising.” Instead, you’ve just clearly taught us what the Bible says about giving. What is the difference between a “fundraising” campaign and a “giving” campaign like Momentum?”
ANSWER: A BIG difference! The purpose of a “giving” campaign is to challenge each of us to give out of our OWN resources. In a “fundraising” campaign, you collect money from someone else by selling them a product or service. A giving campaign always results in personal spiritual growth -- a fundraising campaign just raises money.
The Momentum campaign was designed to (1) Stretch your faith, (2) Build your hope in God’s promises, (3) Deepen your love for Christ & his church, and (4) Teach you Christlike generosity, (5) build some momentum in our church. By learning to sacrifice personally for the cause of Christ you will grow toward spiritual maturity.
Q: “I am a single parent with several kids and almost no income. But I want to be a part of the momentum for our church. How can I give?”
ANSWER: First, let me commend you for your heart’s desire to give. It reminds me of the poor widow Jesus honored for her faith in giving in Mark 12:41-44.
“Jesus sat near the Temple Offering Box and watched the people put in their money. Many rich people gave large sums of money. Then a poor widow came and put in two copper pennies. Jesus said, I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all those rich people together! They gave only what they did not need. This woman is very poor, but she gave all she had; she gave all she had to live on.”
From this moving example of sacrifice, Jesus taught 3 important truths:
- Your attitude is more important than your amount in giving.
- It is always possible to give something IF we really trust God.
- God measures our faith by comparing what we’ve given with what we have left over after we’ve given.
This is why we focus on “Equal sacrifice, not equal gifts.” As you pray about what a genuine “sacrifice“ will mean to you, I urge you to read the Bible story of the miracle that happened when another single parent gave away what little she had (1 Kings 17:8-16). God took care of her the rest of her life. And God is still doing miracles today in the lives of those who dare to trust him!
There are many ways to give - if one is willing to give. Pray about giving what you can over the next six months. Then watch God fulfill his promise to meet your needs (Phil. 4:19).
offering plate - simply grab a giving envelope on the chair in front of you and write Momentum on it. Then place your check or cash in the envelope and drop in the offering plate.
drop box - you can also drop your specially marked envelope in the drop box in the foyer.
online - click on the giving tab on our website. There will be a special category called “momentum” for you chose.
To "sacrifice" means to willingly give the best I have for a greater purpose. While we all cannot give the same amount, we can all sacrifice somehow. This way everyone can have a part. For some, a "sacrificial" gift given may be $100.00. For others, a "Sacrifice" may be closer to $1,000.00. God will impress a specific amount on your heart if you sincerely ask him to speak to you.
"OVER AND ABOVE GIVING"
Our Momentum giving needs to be in addition to our regular giving, otherwise our ministries will suffer.