Pastor Dan has been talking about two main themes throughout the God Can series. Stewardship, which takes discipline. What you do now shows up later. And Generosity takes faith. It prevents heart disease. It’s interesting to me, recently, I’ve had people say, “I’ve been going to your church lately.” I’ve had to step back and say to them, “This is not my church. In fact, this is not Pastor Dan’s church. This is not the staff’s church. This is YOUR church. This is OUR church collectively together.” It’s when we bring our resources collectively, we are able to do amazing things.
When I was talking to a friend recently he said, “You know what, I finally made the commitment to tithe.” And I said, “That’s awesome!” Then he said to me, “The thing that concerns me about this whole thing though is, I’m worried I’m not gonna have enough.” And you know what, I understand. I can remember when I first started tithing, I had the same feeling. To be honest with you, I had to start tithing several times before God really got a hold of my finances, and there’s no looking back now. I’m thankful God has provided for myself and my family, and I said to my friend, “We serve a God who has all of the resources in the universe. Why would I expect that God would fail us in this?” God even says in the bible, “Trust me on this thing, this tithe.”
I’m sure at one time or another, you have thought about giving to Gold Creek, but you might be asking yourself, “What am I giving to? Where does my money go?” Our budget here at Gold Creek is created based on how much money came in during the previous fiscal year. It’s a conservative way of budgeting, but we believe God wants us to be good stewards, so we budget this way. There are some fixed expenses we can’t change: our mortgage, utilities and staffing. But as money comes in, not only do we pay for those fixed things, we also pay for the ministry that goes on here locally and the ministry that goes on outside of the doors of this church. There are eleven Pastors who are impacting their communities in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico we support, as well as a brand new campus in San Salvador, El Salvador. When you give a $1 here at Gold Creek, a portion of the money is feeding children in Mexico, it’s providing for a community in El Salvador. I don’t know about you, but that excites me. To think my money is going beyond the bounds of this church, of this community, and is reaching so many others for Christ.
I don’t know where you’re at in your journey, but I hope you’ll take this opportunity and this God Can series, to step it up and trust God with your finances and I’m sure God is going to take care of you.