What if God Didn’t Provide?
Posted on May 11, 2017 in Faith Updates
I need to be honest. God’s call on our church is not humanly possible. Think about it! When we say we are called to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus, we are essentially saying we are called to turn atheists into missionaries. How in the world could God ask us to do something so hard?!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself worshiping a not-enough-god. A not-enough-god is a god who calls but can’t provide. For example, what if God’s call to Abram sounded something like this?
“Abram, leave your country, your relatives, and your family, and go to a land flowing with milk and honey. Do your best to make of yourself a great nation. I’ll cross my fingers you’ll be a blessing to others, and get really mad at those who curse you. It would be my hope all the families of the earth would be blessed through you, but since this is totally going to be done on your own power and strength, I’ll reserve my bets. Good luck, Abe!”
Yikes! This isn’t the God we worship! The God we worship is more than enough! The God we worship not only called Abram, but He promised to provide for the call! Just look at the I will’s in these verses:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 2:1-3
It is because God provided for Abram that later Abe called God—Jehovah-Jireh (“The Lord will provide.” Genesis 22:14). And it is because Abraham trusted in God’s provision the Apostle Paul later wrote:
“No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22
During the month of May we are going to spend our Sunday mornings debunking the myth of a not-enough-god in a series called God Provides. We’ll be spending time in Genesis, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah exploring the God who will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
See you Sunday if not before!
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
Facility Feasibility Planning Meetings
We are encouraging everyone who calls Faith Covenant Church home to join us for 1 of 3 meetings to begin dialogue regarding conceptual design, financial feasibility, and vision for our building’s interior refresh. Meeting dates are as follows: Sunday, May 21 at 4pm, Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30pm, Thursday, May 25 at 1pm. Click HERE to read more about the vision behind an interior refresh.
Since Faith launched The City, many of you have joined and even participated in posting. If you did not receive an email that invited you to join, please let us know your correct email address, or request to join online. For those wanting assistance using The City, join us at a class May 21 at 9:15am. For more information contact Jen @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith 20’s and 30’s Summer Fun
Join us on Saturday, May 20 for our next Twenties and Thirties event! We will be meeting offsite in Prior Lake to grill, play yard games, and finish the evening with a bonfire (with marshmallows)! Please bring your own meat to grill and a side dish to share. Bring yourself, your family, and friends! Please RSVP to Ryan at email@example.com by Wednesday, May 17.
Summer Galactic Starveyors Camp
The Galactic Starveyors Camp (VBS) will be held June 12-15, 9am-noon, for kids entering Kindergarten – grade 5 (in the fall of 2017). Kids younger than Kindergarten can attend with a parent or guardian from 11am-noon. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with kids in order to tell them about Jesus—and to see those relationships last beyond the week. Volunteers and campers can register HERE. The cost is $10 per child which includes a t-shirt.
Pizza Ranch Fundraiser for Romania Team
Come support the Romania Mission Team by eating at Pizza Ranch in Lakeville on Wednesday, May 24 from 5 to 8pm. We will receive 10% of their sales for each person who brings in a Pizza Ranch Romania support ticket. Tickets will be available at the student ministry desk in the lobby, or you may print one out HERE to bring with you. Please pass these out and spread the word to friends, neighbors, and family!
Wall-O-Money Romania Fundraiser
Thank you for all your support for sending our teams to Romania. Your generosity is amazing, but we’re not quite there yet. Please continue to check out the cute kids on the Wall of Money if you’re interested in partnering with Team Romania. The Wall-O-Money will remain in the lobby until every envelope is gone!
May Prime Time Lunch
Our May Prime Time lunch currently has only 5 people signed up to attend on Thursday, May 18. Anyone who is 60+ is invited to attend, and the $5 suggested donation promises you a great lunch and time of fellowship! RSVPs need to be received by Monday, May 15, at noon to 952.890.3110 or to Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, if we have fewer than 12 attendees we will have to cancel the lunch.
Amnion Crisis Center Walk for Life
Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center provides a protective, safe haven for expecting parents and baby throughout their pregnancy. This year’s walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at 9am and again is hosted by Faith Covenant Church. This is a family friendly walk – just 2 miles! Contact Deb at email@example.com to join Faith’s walk team or to sponsor a walker. More information will be at a table in the lobby.
All Church Garage Sale
Mark the date on your calendar: the Faith All-Church Garage Sale is July 20-21. It’s time to clean out those closets, under your beds, and behind the sofa. Let go of the hobbies that were a “good idea at the time” and give someone the opportunity to enjoy your unused treasures! All proceeds will go to the MOMS Program. You can also help this sale be a success by volunteering to help! Please contact Rachel at 651.334.5938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covenant World Relief Responding to the Syrian Crisis in Aleppo
Covenant World Relief has been working in Aleppo, Syria, for several months through a local partner to provide relief in the midst of heartbreaking conditions. The destruction of Aleppo is enormous and thousands of families have had little choice but to flee the city as heavy airstrikes and fighting continued with little relief. With winter setting in, the bitter cold also became a significant threat to those who had lost their homes and fled. Immediate needs for these families have been to keep them warm and fed. We have been able to reach out to a trusted, local partner in Aleppo to distribute food aid to families fleeing the violence. You are invited to help these relief efforts by providing financial support – click HERE to give.
Online Giving = Good Planning
Want to help your church manage its resources well? Setting up monthly automatic giving allows you and Faith to plan more strategically the use of our resources. Doing so is easy. Click here!