As a church, we have spent the last month and a half focusing on what it means for each of us to go “All-In” for the mission of God. He has done some amazing things in the process, and I have been repeatedly moved by your stories.
All-In is an entirely new approach to giving for us. Rather than giving to multiple different kinds of offerings, we are giving to one fund that represents the totality of what we are called to as a church. We want to go all-in as part of our local church…
- For our families: Reaching, discipling, and equipping people right here in our church.
- For our neighbors: Expanding ourselves to reach the Triangle through new campuses and better facilities.
- For our world: Giving money away to the poor or using it to send people out. (This weekend we commissioned 15 more people to go out to the nations, making more than 175 of our members now who are currently living overseas!)
Our goal for faith commitments over the next two years was $26 million. To put this in context, the last time we did something like this, we had a goal of $8 million and raised $4.7 million. Don’t get me wrong, that was generous, the sovereign will of God and God really used it to do some amazing things with it. God’s miracles are not always in the amount of provision, but in how much he can do with it (think 5 loaves and 2 fish).
We believed that if we reached $26 million in giving over the next two years, we would be able to take several significant steps forward in the mission. Evidently, God’s vision for what’s next is bigger than we knew, because commitments and projected giving is the unbelievable $36,644,815.91, more than $10 million over our already-audacious goal.
No, there’s no typo there. Revealing that to you this morning was one of my favorite moments as leader of this church.
To God be the glory. If you are a part of the Summit Church, stop now just to thank God.
I also want to remind you that All-In was never about a dollar amount. We knew that All-In would be a success if people in our church committed to radical, sacrificial generosity as a way of life and we all began to grow as generous people. That is what success would look like. THAT is what happened.
We had 2,086 total households commit to be a part of this, which includes 714 new households–i.e. families for whom this is their first time engaging with the mission here!
God gave me this verse in the course of my daily Bible reading this week. You have to be careful lifting verses out of context, but there are times when God through the Holy Spirit magnifies a promise in the Bible showing you that it applies especially to you in this particular moment. Just as David spoke this to Solomon, I believe God is saying this to us:
“Know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” ~1 Chronicles 28:9–10
If you are an @SummitRDU member, I’d ask that you prayerfully think through that and pray it back to God.
More info, plus a place to commit online if you still need to, is available at www.summitallin.com (for all you stragglers and late adopters). (smile)
Soli Deo Gloria! All that we give to him is merely giving back what he has first given to us.