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“Let’s Go!” This is what baseball fans shout when they have the winning run on base; this is what pro football fanatics yell when their team drafts the best college quarterback; this is what Ukrainians cry when they get news that their brave military is pushing the Russian Army back; this is what Citrus Countians will excitedly exclaim when the news of a new Target and Starbucks is eclipsed with the announcement of a coming Chick-fil-A!
“Let’s Go!” is also what Jesus declares at the apex of redemptive history. Having put on flesh and entered the world, conquered Satan, vanquished sin and death, he gathers his disciples and tells them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus not only gives us our marching orders, but he then ascends to the throne at the right hand of God and tells his timid apostles that he is investing them with the authority of heaven, of God himself, to accomplish their mission.
So, “Let’s Go” Seven Rivers. Let’s take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity. All the places people look to for security and stability are unraveling. Our country is divided—our culture is unmoored, our political leadership is impotent, our economy is floundering and families are failing to flourish. This is our moment to go to our broken world with the healing love of Jesus. “Let’s Go!” – strengthen families, disciple children, love our neighbors, model community, mend the world and declare the healing love of Jesus to people desperate for it!
Seven Rivers family, the “Let’s Go!” initiative is a challenge to collectively proceed, move, advance, and act as Jesus has commanded and empowered us to do. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in my heart and yours and in the Seven Rivers family as we charge forward together!
Our vision is not to just “do church,” be self-congratulatory over past successes, or be a church just for us and our needs. Our vision is to heed Jesus’ command to “go.” What is it we intend to aggressively go and do?
Pray for God to provide, to be shown faithful, to do more than we could ask or imagine (Luke 11 & 18).
Come to worship each weekend, ask God what it is you need to hear and learn, commit to being open to all that God asks of you. Give yourself to him fully and faithfully (Matthew 6.33)!
Ask God to show you what generous, faith-stretching giving looks like for you and your family. Wrestle with and decide how much you’re going to give and then give cheerfully. Give expecting God to use your giving for kingdom growth (Corinthians 9.6-8).
Celebrate what God does in our church and our lives through Let’s Go as we seek to honor him with our resources, service and worship, together with one another (Psalm 95.2; Galatians 5.13-14).
“Let’s Go” was Jesus’ command to his followers—“Go make disciples.” Let’s Go is a two-year generosity initiative to resource the mission of Seven Rivers Church—to bring the healing love of Jesus to broken people and broken places. As Citrus County stands on the precipice of astounding growth, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for everyone who calls SRC their church home to go ‘all in’ on bringing those far from God to Jesus.
First and foremost, we want you to engage—and then respond to God’s leading. We want everyone to participate by making a commitment to this initiative. That means regardless of your age, life stage or socio-economic status, all are called to respond generously as we lock arms to bring the good news of the gospel to families and individuals. We’re asking you to attend church each weekend February 18 – March 19. We’ll anticipate our hearts to be encouraged through worship and preaching and be challenged to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
Lean times prompt us to trust God at a new level—he wants our hearts. God does not forget those who put their trust in him and he delights in giving to his children freely and fully to meet their needs. We don’t have to worry—“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12.32).” Also, this is one time God challenges us to test him— “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need (Malachi 3.10).” Trust the Lord to guide you in your giving and watch your faith blossom as you see Him at work in your life.
If you have never given before, this is your chance to begin and join the Seven Rivers Church family in LET’S GO. If you are new, we would love for you to make Seven Rivers your church home and join us in this mission. We need you on the team! LET’S GO is for everyone. Everyone matters, everyone’s giving matters.
During the next two years through our one-fund approach, all ministry will be funded through LET’S GO. During the period, April 2023-March 2025, every dollar given to Seven Rivers is a contribution to our LET’S GO initiative. It’s everyone’s opportunity to re-evaluate their giving (or consider it for the first time) and see what the Lord is calling you/your family to do.
Virtually everything the church did that incurred a monetary cost was funded by the Great Opportunity. This included missions, school facilities, ministry events, church salaries, building and ground maintenance, equipment upgrades/replacements, new high school property acquisition, programs, renovations to our children’s wing, sanctuary, and Florida Room.
Certainly! If at any time during this two-year period you want to decrease or increase your commitment just give our office a call or change your commitment online.
In Matthew 6, Jesus says, where your money is, there your heart will be also. We want everyone who calls this church ‘home’ to be growing more like Jesus. If we are growing in Christ, we should also be growing in generosity. We believe that Christian generosity begins with giving to the local church and that all Christ-followers should have a plan to support their local church. Whether you are considering giving for the first time, or you have faithfully given for years, we believe there is a step you can take to grow in generosity. As we grow in generosity, we not only increase our giving, but also our Kingdom impact. We want to equip you to grow in generosity, so we’ve put together this guide to help you along the way.
Growing in generosity always begins with a first step. Taking that first step is never easy, but required if you are going to grow. If you have never given before, take your first step by giving today.
If you have given something in the past, but done so inconsistently, often times your next step is to begin giving regularly. A great way to move from giving occasionally to giving consistently is to set up a recurring gift through your financial institution.
The consistent giver has taken steps to give regularly. They are committed to active growing. At this stage, our next step of growing in generosity is to give in a way that reflects the generosity we have been shown through Christ. A next step to grow in generosity is to evaluate the level at which you are giving.
Tithing is simply giving back the first 10% of what God has given us. The tithing giver has gone from giving consistently to giving intentionally in a way that models a heart of generosity. Growing in generosity means looking for additional ways to further God’s Kingdom with your resources.
The sacrificial giver is someone who gives beyond what is normal or expected. When we grow into sacrificial giving, we begin to choose God’s Kingdom over our own comforts. Sacrificial givers show the transforming work Jesus has done in their lives by giving in a way that impacts our lifestyle.
The legacy giver believes that every resource, whether financial or otherwise, is a gift from God to be used for his Kingdom purposes. Legacy givers intentionally give by acknowledging their generosity will outlast them, and everything in their lives is to be freely and generously given for God’s work. Legacy giving leaves an impact which outlasts the givers and serves the Kingdom beyond their lifetimes.