The churches described in the New Testament are churches united through common fellowship, governance, and missions. Examples abound. The church in Philippi provided financial support for the church in Jerusalem during a major famine. The church in Jerusalem worked with the church in Antioch to decide how Jewish and Gentile Christians should relate to one another. And the church in Thessalonica served as an example of faith for all the believers Macedonia and Achaia. No one is disconnected. No one is independent. Churches accomplished gospel ministry together that never would have happened in isolation from one another.
What was true back then is still true today. That’s why KingsWay is not an isolated, independent, or disconnected church. We are part of a network of congregations called Sovereign Grace Churches and have been since our inception in 1989. Over the last 27 years, Sovereign Grace has trained our staff members and volunteers, underwritten our church-planting efforts, produced many of the songs we sing, and provided accountability and encouragement for our pastors. None of those blessings would be possible apart from the financial support of churches and members in Sovereign Grace.
The attached brochure details some of the ways God is using Sovereign Grace to bear fruit in other churches across the country and around the world. Please take a few minutes to read it in preparation for our annual Sovereign Grace mission fund offering this Sunday(April 10). Right now, a small portion of KingsWay’s general ministry budget is allocated for our denominational mission fund and we are committed to seeing that percentage grow to at least 10% over next few years. Close to 50% of Sovereign Grace’s annual income comes from the general contributions of partner churches like KingsWay, though a significant portion of the remaining income comes from the financial support of individuals and families.
My wife and I have provided monthly financial support for the Sovereign Grace mission fund for several years. It’s something God prompted us to do in the middle of all the denominational turmoil we experienced 5 years ago. I know that where my treasure is, there my heart will be also. God has a heart for churches that are united in common fellowship, governance, and missions and I want my heart to reflect his. We don’t support our denominational mission fund because we believe Sovereign Grace Churches is perfect. We all have plenty of growing to do. We support Sovereign Grace because God has called KingsWay to help build something that’s bigger than KingsWay. It’s called the great commission and there is simply no way we will get it done apart from linkings arms and wallets with other like-minded churches around the world.
Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18b-20). God has given us the privilege of using His money to accomplish His mission. Read the brochure, watch the 1st quarter mission videothis Sunday, and come ready to invest in the amazing work God is doing through our network of churches.
The mission fund offering isn’t about boasting in ourselves, what Sovereign Grace has accomplished, or what Sovereign Grace is going to do. It’s about aligning our heart with God’s heart by aligning our wallets with God’s mission.