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Dec 2013

Christmas Offering – Proclaiming the Excellencies of God

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10

Coca-Cola was invented in 1896. In 117 years the logo and product is now known by 94% of the world’s population.

In 2,000 years the Gospel is not.

Why are we collecting a missions offering this year?

Because the need for Gospel Centered churches to be planted around the world and around our city is staggering.

There are still an estimated 3 billion people in the world who have never heard the name of Jesus and countless numbers of people do not know of the excellencies of God.

But we, Redemption Hill, are a people who have received mercy from God and our great ambition should be to “proclaim the excellencies of Him, who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.”

Our mission is to cultivate Gospel-Centered, Grace-Driven, and Mission-Minded people from Richmond to the ends of the earth, and this mission requires our time, our talents, and our treasures.

This offering is something that we have never done before at Redemption Hill, and if I (Robert) could go back and change anything, I would change this reality.

We have always set aside at least 10% of our total income towards global, regional, and local mission efforts. But honestly, this is simply the least that we could do.

How much are we hoping to collect?

It is our prayer that we will be able to collect $25,000 this year. Honestly, I think that may be too low for us. But it’s a good start. The greater hope is that every single person who calls Redemption Hill home will participate in this, including our children! Parents, Advent is a great season to talk to your children about global missions and why Jesus came to this earth.

So, Where is the money going?

The money will be going directly to church planting efforts around the world and here in Richmond. We believe that the church is God’s “Plan A” for reaching people with the gospel. Therefore, we want to be actively involved with seeing new churches planted and established churches supported.

Each week during the Advent season we will highlight one of the churches that we will be partnering with. But here’s a quick preview:

Seima Aoyagi – Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo is one of the world’s most influential cities and it’s also the world’s most expensive city. Overall less than 2% of the population identifies as Christian. Our support will allow Seima to have a space for his church plant to meet in 2014.

O.J. Essien – Nigeria: Pastor O.J. was with us just a few weeks ago. He has planted dozens of churches and now oversees and trains church planters in Northern Nigeria. Our support will help him to train more pastors to reach the hostile areas in the north.

Unengaged People Group – We have been praying for a while  about how God could use us to reach one of the world’s unreached, unengaged people groups. We believe that we are close to identifying the people God is calling us to reach. Some portion of this offering will go to our efforts in seeing the Gospel take root in this people group.

The 400 – Richmond, VA: We are fast approaching the time when we will be able to establish a new congregation at The 400. Along with all of the planning that must take place, there are some building projects to complete and a portion of this offering will go towards making this a reality.

How Can we give?

There are 2 primary ways that you can give:

  1. You can give online. Just select “Christmas Offering” from the “Select a Fund” drop down options.
  2. We will have special offering envelopes each Sunday throughout the holiday season. You can use these to give on Sunday along with your regular giving or you can drop them in the mail, the postage is pre-paid.

May God grant us the grace as a church to give sacrificially to His mission.

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