WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
God is doing amazing things at Real Life, and He has given us a burden to see people in our community embrace the unbelievable hope that Jesus is greater than everything. We imagine a day where the dreams of our church are unencumbered by financial burden, where Real Life Christian Church becomes an epicenter for life change, where ridiculous amounts of our resources are used to serve others. That is the motivation behind the Greater Than Cause.
The Greater Than Cause is a two-year financial commitment aimed at moving us to financial freedom so that we can fulfill the God-sized goal of being the church just described. Let’s not just be “another church.” Let’s be known for reflecting Jesus’ extravagant, pursuing love.
Watch or listen to our message series on Greater Than.
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Now, before I move on, there is also a caution: don’t use your financial struggles to squeeze God out of your responsibilities. Too often we say, “I don’t have the money” or “I can’t get out of debt” simply because we are being foolish with our money. God is the most important thing ever, and our finances should reflect that. If you are in debt and “can’t get out of it,” don’t keep spending money on Starbucks, fishing poles, and purses (or whatever you find yourself buying). Give to God your first monies, not allowing excuses to silence obedience.
If you lose your job or come upon another hardship, we would just encourage you to respond as the Lord leads. Perhaps this is a time where God is refining you to continue your commitment even in tighter financial times. Perhaps this is a time where God is releasing you from your commitment and reminding you that there is nothing you can do to earn His love. I’m not sure what it will be, but trust as you talk to God that He will make that clear; and if you need to lower or eliminate your commitment, we totally understand. In that case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The secondary goal is to pay off our $3.7 million loan as quickly as possible so that we can use the money saved and the monthly income to do more things for God’s Kingdom. We believe that it would take a miracle to raise that amount in 2 years, but we believe in a God who performs miracles, and we are diligently praying for a miracle. This cause may get us ¼ way there, ½ there, or all the way there, but wherever it gets us we will use it to invest in kingdom work.
If we don’t reach the goal, that is okay too because we know that whatever happens will help launch us to future opportunities of changing lives. My guess is that in the future we will have other money raising causes in order to fully eliminate constraints. Money and people serving are needed to do Kingdom work, and there is no shortage of people who need Jesus, who need support, and who need guidance. As God’s people, we will be “on assignment” for as long as we live, and we are committed to helping people live their calling, making Jesus > everything.