Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
II Corinthians 9:7
"I do not believe we can settle how much we ought to give. I'm afraid the only safe way is to give more than we can spare." C.S. Lewis
Board of Missions of the First Baptist Church of Boston supports local, national
and world-wide projects for all of God's people.
Won't you please help?
“For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has — not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’”
2 CORINTHIANS 8:12-15
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is this opportunity to share our abundance with others in need. When the Apostle Paul visited the early churches in Macedonia, they became incredibly excited about the ministry opportunities he laid before them. Namely, to be a part of an offering that would be received for the poor and the suffering in Jerusalem. These early followers of Jesus couldn’t help but get caught up in Paul’s contagious zeal for the ways God was working in their midst. So much so, in fact, that they actually pleaded to be a part of the “service to the saints” Paul spoke of while visiting their community—even though they were themselves living in poverty. This “ministry to the saints,” referred to in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, is another name for the offering Paul and the early churches were organizing for those in distant Jerusalem. Never once is the term “offering” used anywhere in the text, yet it is referred to as a “ministry,” or a “service.” The offering was considered a ministry; in other words, a spiritual calling, a living out of one’s faith, an expression of religious conviction.
So why, exactly, was Paul facilitating this offering? For those who were hungry, poverty-stricken, and in crisis. The needs among the people in Jerusalem, due to a devastating famine, were immense. Thus, Paul’s church-wide offering was not only practical in leveraging funds so they could make the most impact, together, but it was also one of the first visible expressions of the early Church’s unity in Christ.
As people whose lives are intimately connected, we are granted the opportunity to give back to God by giving to others. The Message translates it this way, “Nothing left over to the one with the most; nothing lacking to the one with the least.”
This is still our ministry today. The One Great Hour of Sharing offering reaches those near and far, sometimes changing the life of someone in distress in your own congregation or community, and at other times impacting the lives of those we may never meet but who are in desperate need of our compassion and generosity. For almost seven decades we have been making a difference, together—and glorifying God—through this offering which funds relief, development, and refugee ministry all over the world and in the U.S.
Together, we will achieve a fair balance, bringing about a world the way God intended it to be.
March- America for Christ Offering
June- One Great Hour of Sharing
October- World Mission Offering
December- Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering
If you cannot give during these times, or would like to send a special donation to one of the above listed funds, we would prefer that you mail your designated gift for one of the listed charities to/and made payable to the First Baptist Church of Boston, 110 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116, c/o the Financial Secretary. All gifts are tax deductible.
The Board of Missions
First Baptist Church of Boston
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Never forget the needs here at home:
The Boston Project is a community-based organization in Boston with a passion for seeing renewal in urban neighborhoods:
To donate food or time to feed the hungry in the Boston area:
If you know of a local family or church in need, please contact Darlene Williams or Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil or call the TABCOM office at (781) 320-8100.
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