The book of Acts teaches us that giving helps spread the gospel. Acts 2:45 says “They [the Christians in the Jerusalem church] sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” What happened as a result? Acts 2:47 says, “…the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Here’s the pattern in Acts (I say pattern because we see the same thing in Acts 4:34-35 and 5:14):
- There’s a need in the church.
- The people give generously to meet the need.
- The gospel continues spreading and more people come to know Jesus.
The truth is, there’s a direct correlation between our giving and the spread of the gospel. In 2008 when New Day first started we baptized 0 people, supported 1 missions project and led 29 people to Jesus. Fast forward six years and six hundred people and (year to date) we’ve baptized 55 people, we currently support 27 missions projects and have led 234 people to Jesus. You know the difference between 2008 and 2014? About $700,000!!!
It takes money to do ministry and there’s no denying that generous giving helps spread the gospel.