That’s right, by shopping. While we at The Place do not condone unbridled materialism or laying your treasures in corruptible places, we still have to get things. And, if you’re going to get things, it makes sense to get them at fair prices AND donate some portion of the proceeds to the church.
The Place’s online store comes through Amazon, who donates amounts starting at 4% back to us. We use that money for funding evangelism efforts.
Besides, if Bono does it, it must be okay, right?
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 NIV)
Jesus was willing to become one of us, to erase the differences between us and himself, and speak to us words of truth and grace. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be like him. We, too, must cast aside differences with others, get to know them, and speak to them in truth and grace, as Jesus did. We cannot offer truth and grace to others without a close relationship to them. Intimacy and discipleship are intertwined; we can’t offer truth to others without understanding their life situation and how they’ll relate to the truth. And we can’t speak with others in grace without loving them.
Hear Pastor Simon Liversidge’s complete sermon on this topic, entitled