What Are You Asking Me To Do?
We are asking you to pray and seek God, prepare your heart to hear him, and then listen to what he says. Connect to a group if you are not already part of one. Talk with your spouse and your family about what this commitment will mean for this next season. Respond to the generosity of the gospel by giving more than you ever have before for the progress of the gospel in our church family, among our neighbors, and around the Northshore of Boston.
What If I'm new at Netcast?
Netcast Church has never been a place where we expect people to give when they aren’t committed to us. However, if you have decided to partner with us, we are so excited to walk with you! The local church is God’s “plan A” for reaching our community, and bringing the gospel to the nations. The All Together All In Initiative is a great time and a great way to identify with us and say, “I am all-in for the gospel”!
What if I've never given to Netcast before?
If you have never given financially to Netcast, All Together All In is for you! All In is a commitment to the mission of God and the movement of the Gospel along the Northshore of Boston. It is different from a traditional building campaign where you are asked to give an extra gift “over and above” your regular giving. Rather, All Together All In recognizes that everyone in the church is called to give generously and sacrificially. All Together All In is not merely for the “rich”; it is for all of us. It is a call to radical generosity for everyone at Netcast. If you have never given before, this is your chance to join us with a joyful and sacrificial commitment.
Is this a building Campaign?
No. We have said this before and will say it again, if we reach our financial goals during this initiative and do not end with 100% commitment, we have failed drastically. We believe that God has put in our hearts a mission to reach the Northshore. While it is not impossible, that is extremely challenging to do while homeless. God has given us a vision many years ago that when the time came for us to have a building, it would be for the community because that is what we are about. God has now blown that door wide open with the opportunity to build a center for the community in the center of the community. All Together All In is a reminder that God in order for God to use us to reach the Northshore, we must be willing to lay our entire selves at the alter. That includes financially.
What If I'm a college student?
God has blessed Netcast from the very beginning by allowing us to invest in and be invested in college students. Although college students are notorious for living on tight budgets, the college years are an ideal time to develop a kingdom-focused plan in the areas of personal budgeting and generous giving. This is a time when students from all the colleges and universities represented at Netcast should join forces and go all-in by giving generously to help us reach the community around us.
What if I don’t have a job right now?
All Together All In is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity for the advance of the gospel. God knows our every need, and Netcast wants to help meet the needs both in our church and our community. If you do not have a job and are actively seeking one, we’d love for you to share this with us so that our church can be praying for you. Also, please consider connecting to a group, where you will find a community of people who are ready to encourage you and pray with you. Our hope is that you will be able to find a job so that you can be engaged in all that God has for you.
What if I can’t afford to give right now?
Even in times of shortage, God wants our hearts. The widow who gave her last mite did not make a very big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all (Luke 21). All Together All In is about all of us coming together and trusting God to do amazing things through our generosity. It may mean that God is asking you to trust him by making a faith commitment that you do not know how to fulfill right now. God has supplied our every need in Christ, and we trust that he will honor a heart that wants to give generously in response to the gospel. All Together All In means just that; all of us, together—for each other, for our neighbors, and for the Northshore.
There may also be ways to be sacrificial with your lifestyle to create margin for generosity in your life. Some will cancel cable, and some will ditch the smartphone plan and return to a basic cell phone. Others will sacrifice vacations, and still others will forego a few caramel macchiatos every week. Some families will buy a smaller home or rent a smaller apartment to be able to give generously for the progress of the gospel. Be creative. Find ways to involve the entire family in the process of giving generously. Use this as an opportunity to teach children and grandchildren to obey the Lord with a generous heart and to trust him. This is a great opportunity to take a look at our overall stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us.
What If I'm Severly In Debt Right Now?
It’s important for generosity to be a part of our lives at every point. If you are in the process of paying off debt, we commend you, and you should continue to do so. But, the Bible does not teach that we withhold giving until we are debt-free. When we honor God first with our giving, he promises to be involved with every other aspect of finances. Contact us if you would like to speak in more detail about this.
How Much is Enough?
We would like to pose this question back to you. How much is enough? We are asking you to seek God through prayer and take the time to listen. The tithe (10%) is a good place to start for many believers, but it is not a good place to stay. The principle that guides us as we give is this: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV). The King of Kings left heaven to give his life. So, how then shall we give?
Why do churches talk about money, and giving so much?
Jesus spoke more about money than he did about heaven and hell combined. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they attend church. Others go to group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is a critical spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. Like all other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God, and God expects that faithful followers of Christ will be joyful and generous givers. Paul is so concerned about our tendency to separate our giving from our living of the Christian life that he warns us to excel in the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7). Giving is an essential part of the Christian life.
The church mentions money frequently because money is a frequent area of spiritual attack. The enemy wants to rob the church of the joy of giving and allow the church to excuse its failure to give. He does this because a church that gives generously is a church that knows the joy of the Lord and is impacting its community. We refuse to believe the lie that we can be devoted followers of Christ while we are stingy with God’s resources.
Jesus tells us, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). The questions God is calling all of us to consider are, “Do you really love Christ and his gospel?” “What is Christ worth?” and “How much do you long for the progress of the gospel?” According to Jesus, your answers to these questions are found in where you place your treasure. What does your treasure say about your heart for Christ and his gospel?