Christian giving is not about fundraising or buying God’s favour. It is a way of responding (in secret) to God’s generosity to us - storing up the true treasure of a generous and godly life.
It wasn’t the act of going that demonstrated the Samaritan leper’s faith, it was the act of coming back – coming back to Jesus to say thank you.
Financial giving is not fundraising – it is faithraising. It is a vital way of us both expressing our gratitude to God, and demonstrating our trust in him.
Who is Jesus? Over the next weeks we will see how Mark answers that question. We will see that Mark believes Jesus to be God’s own Son, the Messiah, God’s chosen and anointed one. We will see: Jesus.
Paul’s describes deep, sacrificial love – but how often churches are full of niceness rather than love, acquaintances rather than brothers and sisters, pretending rather than sharing.