During the month of April we will be receiving our America for Christ offering that supports the work of ABHMS.
What is the vision of ABHMS?
We seek to bring to bear the whole gospel on persons, congregations, communities and cultures, sharing God’s love in word and deed in places and spaces where God’s grace is not yet fully manifest. Our vision is about discipleship and incarnational practice.
What is the distribution of the total AFC Offering 2016?
The offering is distributed in three parts:
• 29% supports regional ministries (ABHMS is the only mission board to share its offering with ABCUSA regions).
• 59% supports the ministries of ABHMS (20% directly supports American Baptist Neighborhood Christian Centers)
• 12% supports the offering’s promotional and deputation cost
Let us prayerfully consider our part in this annual mission offering.
“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
This Scripture asserts that everything offered by the Lord is via God’s grace, God’s mercy and God’s love. In a marvelous manifestation of God’s ability, we have been transformed to produce good works. God is working out in our lives a tremendous exhibition of Christ’s wisdom, power, love, life, character, peace and joy. God is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing marvelous masterpieces to be put on display—we, in fact, are God’s masterpieces. These virtues are to result in good works: kindness, love, mercy, compassion, help to one another and meeting each other’s needs.
Do you know how many good works God has prepared for you? The situations are there, ready and waiting for you to embrace, as you depend upon Christ, walking in faith and trust. God has called you to good works. As you answer, you become a vivid manifestation of the heart and hands of Christ.
As American Baptists, let us respond to the America for Christ Offering 2016 theme of “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ.” Let us take our place of service, as we seek to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.
With Life-transforming Grace,
Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
Executive Director, ABHMS
American Baptist Churches USA