The People Rejoiced
We have wonderful news! Over 1,100 of our church households are participants in the BOLD Faith campaign, an extraordinary response given that we still await a final location. This is truly evidence of trusting God to do great things in and through Island ECC.
Bold Faith is now part of your incredible testimony, part of your story... giving towards something you can't yet see, but are trusting God to provide! That's the very definition of Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1. Faith is being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we don't see.
Your faithful giving is reminiscent of a campaign launched by King David to build the temple. That story is also quite extraordinary. It starts with leadership stepping out in faith and modeling generosity, as David asks his people,
"Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?"
The response was amazing:
Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. (1 Chronicles 29:6-9)
Rejoicing! What a God-honoring response. This is a season of rejoicing at Island ECC for all God has done through this campaign to date. But it gets even better. After David's song of praise to God, he reflects back on this wondrous event and realizes that for all the generosity shown by him and his people, in the end, everything belongs to God, it all comes from His hands.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. (14-17)
All the leadership at Island ECC can proclaim the same: "We have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you." We still have a long way to go, but this is a moment to celebrate as a community and rejoice in this display of faithfulness as stewards of the good gifts of God. To Him be the glory!
Island ECC is pursuing a potential site in North Point. Please join us in praying for ongoing discussions with the stakeholders of the building and certain government bureaus for this redevelopment opportunity.
Thank you for partnering with us in Bold Faith through your prayers and generosity!