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Support Raising

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It seems that there are a lot of encouraging points about support raising in this chapter.  I was thinking particularly of Heidi and Derek as they are about to embark on support raising and how this chapter may give them a lot of encouragement.

I think verses 4:14-20 are pertinent.  First, Paul commends the church for supporting him when nobody else was.  He also praises them for giving to him even when he was away from him.  And then he makes a striking point in verse 17;

Vs. 17 – “Not that I am looking for a gift but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.”

In other words, Paul is happy that they are giving to him for their sake! He knows that really it is to their credit (even if the credit in his bank account goes up) because of the blessings from the Lord that will be showered upon them.  And then, he reminds them of this promise:

Vs. 19 – “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

When you give to others, you can rest assured that God will take care of all your needs.  So, as you (ex. Heidi and Derek) go out to support raise, you can remember that in some ways you are helping people receive blessings from the Lord.  Of course, you want to share this with them in kindness.  But I do think it would be encouraging to tell people that their gifts are a blessing not only to you but also to themselves.  And you can remind people that God promises to supply all their needs.

Written by Hannah Venable

October 5th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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Tagged with Philippians 4

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  1. What good thoughts, Hannah. Those are good reminders for support-raisers and supporters.

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    karina

    9 Oct 08 at 5:20 am

  2. Hannah,

    Great thoughts about support raising. Before Heidi and I left for new staff training, I was required to read the book People Raising. The main thing I took away from reading the book was the very thing you mentioned. Raising support is just as much a ministry as it is part of my job. It ministers to people on several different levels but one of the main ways is through providing them an opportunity to give and to store up treasures in Heaven (their eternal bank account :) ) just as Paul mentions in Philippians 4.

    Derek

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    Derek

    9 Oct 08 at 7:28 am

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