Sunday, 17 September 2017

This Gracious Act of Giving

"So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving. Since you excel in so many ways - in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us - I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving." 2 Cor 8:6-7 NLT

I had decided when I moved to the country I wanted to start (or resume after decades of not) attending church. 

I had gotten along very well spiritually over the years thanks to many wonderful authors and websites. However there are certain acts of faith that are difficult to perform as an isolated Christian. One is that of giving financially to the cause of Christ and the outworking of his Kingdom. Being able to give in faith in God's abundance is much easier for me when I am associated with a physical congregation.

What I mean by giving in faith in God's abundance is, I acknowledge that God is the giver of every good gift and every perfect present - the source of all my material good. 

So in acknowledgement of God's universal law of sowing and reaping, (Gal 6:7) I bless what I give and see it in my minds eye joining with the other gifts to God and going on to work its good in our congregation, parish and beyond.


  1. Sherri I hope you find a friendly and supportive church where you feel at home.

  2. Thanks Chel. What I have discovered is that the church congregations in rural towns seem to be very small. It is pretty common to have around 11 people in attendance. There is more than one denomination in town that has no permanent priest/pastor. The church I have joined is a friendly group, and easy to feel comfortable with pretty much straight away.

  3. I live in a Brisbane suburb and our 2 Sunday services average about 18-20 per in comparison 11 for the population in the rural area is pretty good...main thing is that they made you feel welcome and comfortable.

    1. They did indeed make me feel welcome and comfortable from the get go, Maria. Thank you to for the encouragement. I must admit when I used to attend church - many moons ago - attendance of around 180 to 200 was not unusual. However I found that joining a church of much smaller numbers was very much more comfortable and less overwhelming for me as a new-comer.