What Does Giving Like Jesus Look Like?
Jesus gave up everything to save us from sin. He gave willingly, sacrificiallly, selflessly, and generously.
Jesus set the example for us by becoming poor even though He was very rich. He had every right to enjoy His limitless wealth. He was under no obligation to give it up. He deserved it. But He chose to become poor so that He could meet our need. He chose to give generously and sacrificially because of His abundant love.
2 Corinthians 8:7-10
But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving. I am not commanding you but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor so that you through his poverty might become rich And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.
How Should We Give?
1 John 3:17
But if any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
2 Corintians 9:7
You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully.
Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.
What if we give like Jesus?
Our Time- Spend Time Together
Our Attention- Listen to one another
Our Gifts– make gifts, be creative
This Season, focus on what really matters.
Less on Gifts,
Give More Presence
What can we do with the money we don’t spend?
-Give it back to the poor, the hurting, the lonely, the hungry, the sick, the oppressed
-Buy gifts that empower those in poverty
-Donate to organizations helping the vulnerable
Below are resources that will give you some ideas on having a Just Christmas
Holiday Fair Expo
All Hands In” Christmas Expo
Saturday, November 24th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
at Trinity Baptist Church, 115 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington.
Make your gift giving extra special with gifts that will support fair wages and the economic
empowerment of women and girls. Featuring: Thistle Farms Body Products, Night Light Jewelry, Prosperity Candles, Free set tote bags and Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate and oil. Purchase some yummy baked goods or have a bite to eat at the “All Hands In” Cafe.
Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All
Turn your Christmas Upside Down!
[AC] is a resource for churches to engage in authentic Worship and Giving at Christmas more fully- a simple idea for you to take and run with. Be creative and bless those in need by giving relationally as God gave His Son to us at Christmas.
Just Giving at Christmas
On December 3rd at 7 PM, BFJN will be hosting it’s 2nd annual alternative Christmas gift event at Park Street Church all Participants will gain practical ideas on how to spend less, spend justly and give creatively this Christmas through a variety of hand-made, recycled and Fair Trade gift ideas.
This event is free
but registration is required.
for more information