Dear Gateway Family,
I know that this time of year there are many great organizations seeking your support. At Gateway we always encourage you to give as you feel led. Supporting organizations like Compassion International, International Justice Mission, World Vision, and ENLACE is a big part of what our church is all about! At the same time, we believe that tithing to God’s work through the local church is the foundation of all other generosity.
Within the New Testament we see the early church selling their possessions and laying the proceeds at the feet of the apostles. In Acts 4v31-32 it says: “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
When the Holy Spirit fills our lives there is always a greater boldness to share the gospel, a deeper unity within the church, and a lifestyle of radical generosity and biblical stewardship.
The gospel liberates us to give. Because of God’s radical generosity to us through Christ we can give generously, joyfully, and regularly. In fact, one of the primary ways we display our love for God is through the generous giving of our treasure and resources.
As you plan your year-end giving I want to encourage you to continue to invest in the eternal impact of our church. God’s kingdom advances and His Church flourishes when we give generously, consistently and as a priority in our lives.
To help you remain faithful you can set up recurring gifts as well as one-time gifts online directly from your bank account at http://thegatewaychurch.com/giving
In the book of Acts the gospel spread because it had credibility. Through the power of the Holy Spirit it was being embodied in a community of people living with generosity in the midst of a needy world. May it happen once again in us.