Paul’s affirmation to the Corinthians, you excel in everything, was an encouraging compliment. They excelled in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in earnestness, and in love. Because of the spiritual virtues God’s grace had produced in them, Paul encourages the members of the church at Corinth to now excel in their giving.
EXCEL is the name of the generosity initiative we are now launching here at First Baptist Church Cantonment. It is time that we are challenged to take the already commendable ministry efforts of our church and EXCEL in the grace of giving so that we can lead our church into our next exciting chapter.
What is getting ready to happen?
In our initial phase, we’ll continue to share this vision with our congregation. We will culminate this with a 5-week series where we will all come together in unity to rally behind what it is that God wants to do here with FBCC.
Why are we doing this?
We are being asked now, as a church, to collectively EXCEL in the area of
generosity which will allow us to make, equip, and send disciples to reach
our neighbors and the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why are we doing this now?
We are poised as a church to embark on this exciting journey. First
Baptist Church of Cantonment has a great history that speaks to the
faith of our congregation. However, we are reaching a critical time as
it relates to the condition of our current facilities. Like the church in
Corinth, we need to seize the moment God has laid in front of us and
EXCEL in the work He has given us.
What is it that you’re asking me to do?
We, like the church at Corinth, are being asked to fully embrace the
grace of giving. We are to expand our giving beyond obedience
and now give sacrificially to ensure the future of this church. In
order to accomplish this vision, we each will have to consider how
much we can give above our current level of giving in order to
facilitate this vision. Our EXCEL initiative is designed to help us
grow both personally and as a body of believers. Pray… seek
the Lord… ask Him what He would have you give sacrificially
so that others can know the love of Christ through what we will
do here together at First Baptist Church of Cantonment.
The goal of EXCEL is to raise an additional $1M over and above our current general giving during the next two years. We have been developing plans and once everything is pulled together we will begin construction on a new facility on the adjacent property. Imagine how exciting this will be as we EXCEL in
generosity so that we can EXCEL in the mission to make, equip, and send disciples to reach our neighbors and the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.