Giving Sacrificially

“As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4

Sacrifice. Does the word conjure up an image of a lamb or a goat being slain and offered on an Old Testament altar? Or do you see Jesus on the cross – the ultimate sacrifice of all time? Do you think of the time you gave up that fishing trip to take your wife to the mall to shop? Or do you remember the time you passed up lunch with a friend to accompany a group of first graders on an all-day field trip?

Sacrifice hits us where we live. Whether it be time, service, assets, or money, it requires us to give up something we hold dear. Why is sacrifice difficult? We are prone to an attitude of entitlement. Our society encourages individualism and success, often at the expense of others. The first step in becoming a truly sacrificial giver is to recognize that all we have comes from God and belongs to Him. Without Him, we would have nothing. A second step to being able to give as this widow did, is overcoming our fear of not being able to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. Giving beyond our means, however, is not to be confused with living beyond our means. As seen in this example and in the example of the widow who provided for Elijah and never ran out of flour and oil (I Kings 17), when we give all we have back to God, He will provide for us beyond our wildest imagination.


Make the Most of Fall Festival

On October 31, First Baptist Clinton has an amazing opportunity to impact people in our community. Parents are looking for safe alternatives to trick or treating, places where their child can have fun, get some candy, and do so in an environment that is healthy for their child. Most churches talk about reaching their community, but when it comes to opportunities like this, they do not have church-wide participation and therefore do a minimal job at reaching out to a maximum audience. We want Fall Festival to be more than a nice event for our own children. We want to reach out to all who will come. We have advertised more than ever.
Over 9,000 people have viewed our ad so far. We are letting everyone know it will be FUN, SAFE, and FREE! That’s a good combination. Why free? We’re more interested in getting to know our community than taking their money.
But here’s what we need from you:
Pray that God will give us a safe environment to encounter our community.
Share our Facebook ad and tell everyone you know that we are having Fall Festival at FBC Clinton on October 31 at 6:00.

Donating your trunk for trunk-or-treat is a great way to serve at Fall Festival

We need more people to participate in the Trunk or Treat. We need everyone to catch the spirit of the event and dress in costume (non-scary, non-threatening) for the event. Yes, adults, you too! We need more CANDY!
4. Greet
Raise your right hand and repeat, “I am a greeter for FBC Clinton’s Fall Festival and will make everyone feel welcome that night.” Good, you’ve been sworn in to the position, so just talk to everybody that night so they catch the flavor of our church.
Let’s make this the best fall festival we’ve had and pray for maximum impact for the kingdom of God!
Your Pastor,
Dr. Gregory T. Pouncey
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Clinton



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