Now, one last thought for us all. The Church of Jesus Christ is more than just a local fellowship in a particular place. It is the entire body of Christ around the world in every nation, tongue and tribe. So how do we relate to them? As a Convention of Southern Baptist Churches, we cooperate with one another and the association and state and national convention to help promote the ministry of the Gospel throughout the world in numerous ways. We are giving out booklets, NOW, that will help you see how faithful our State Convention, the South Carolina State Convention, is with the money you give to them through our Cooperative Program offerings every week. I want to call your attention to several things in these booklets that will help you to understand how you give and the results of your giving.
First of all, this booklet shows us how the money we have given to God’s work here in South Carolina will be used for ministry as well as throughout the entire world in 2020.
Second, opening the booklet, you will see on the inside left page in the dark area, three sections. The first section tells us how the Cooperative Program money is divided up between SBC and the SCBC ministries and institutions. The second section gives us the breakdown of the Cooperative Program money given to the SBC and to it’s institutions and ministries. And, the third section shows us the distribution of the monies here in South Carolina using the theme for the year: Strong, Serve, Share, Send, and Start.
Third, under each of the headings, listed above, you will see on the pages that coincide with them, the Impact the state work has had. Just take note of the one on pages 8 & 9 under the heading of Share Hope! You have the results of the numbers for last year, 2019, of total baptisms, lost people being prayed for (those who are reported) college students lead to the Lord, men and boys related to Camp McCall, 200 plus minister’s wives connected, and the last, multiple regional racial reconciliation gatherings in the state. Each Impact page is from the 2019 statistics.
And lastly, please pay attention to pages 14 & 15 where we see the concept of “We Can Do More Together!” Also, read the letter describing “The Eternal Impact of Cooperative Program Giving.” Please take this booklet home and read through it.
Our church will vote today for the 2020 Budget, committing to give 7.5% of our undesignated funds to the Cooperative Program and 2%, of the same undesignated funds, to our own Saluda Baptist Association. That 7.5% is the money first goes to the SCBC to meet each of the ministries of South Carolina this booklet lays out for 2020. And then the money that is committed to the SBC, is sent there to fulfill the commitment to all the institutions listed. That my dear friends is how we impact the world as well as South Carolina through your weekly offerings.
Because we are raising our budget by 4%, we all need to ask the Lord, “What do you want me to do to help in my giving because of that increase?” Is God speaking to you about your generosity in regard to your giving more this year? Will you be one of those who in some way increases their giving to help cover the overall budget increase? Please pray and ask God what part you will have in helping to meet the larger budget for next year. As you give through the church every Sunday, God will do great things for His glory, here and all over the world, through the efforts of the Cooperative Program!