The final area of giving is special projects. My Personal Giving Plan doesn’t recommend a specific percentage for special projects since the need and scope will vary from project to project, but these offerings support undertakings such as a local church building initiative or a mission trip. It also includes our response to requests for help from denominational entities such as ADRA and other direct mail appeals. Contributions to Adventist supporting ministries engaged in work that you wish to support also fall under the Special Projects category.
There are many wonderful ministries in the Adventist church, and by careful consideration and wise planning, we can help them to flourish.
Each Member Has a Part to Play
Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more
blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
There is nothing more calculated to unite our interest with the interest of God than giving our time and means to His work. When we acknowledge Jesus as Lord of all our affairs and accept His command to support and build up His church, we enter into a divine partnership that blesses us more than it blesses others. Many in our church wish they had a stronger faith and a greater zeal for God’s church, yet they do not see the part Christian stewardship plays in strengthening their faith. Setting aside our self-centered desires in order to provide for the needs of others will be an adventure in faith and will give tone to our walk with Christ. This is the principle of Life that the Creator reveals to us: “For God so loved the world, that He gave…”
God’s church needs your help, and you need His church. Make the decision today to systematically support your church family in all the areas of My Personal Giving Plan. Challenge each other to be generous with what the Lord has entrusted us.
“The spirit of liberality is the spirit of heaven. Christ’s self-sacrificing love is revealed upon the cross. That man might be saved, He gave all that He had, and then gave Himself. The cross of Christ appeals to the benevolence of every follower of the blessed Saviour. The principle there illustrated is to give, give. This, carried out in actual benevolence and good works, is the true fruit of the Christian life. The principle of worldlings is to get, get, and thus they expect to secure happiness; but, carried out in all its bearings, the fruit is misery and death….
“Meet around the cross of Calvary in self-sacrifice and self-denial. God will bless you as you do your best.”
—Counsels on Stewardship, pp. 14, 16