God’s desire for each of us is to become more like Christ. We become more like Christ by first growing in our knowledge of Him. The deeper our knowledge of Christ, the deeper our understanding of Him, and the more like Him we become. Among other reasons, we are to know and understand Christ so that we will be secure in the faith. The America for Christ Offering 2016 theme “Discipleship: Becoming More Like Christ” reminds us that, as American Baptists, we embody the love of our Lord in word and deed.
The Apostle Paul reiterates this truth in Ephesians 2:10: “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.” God is continuously working on us, bringing us up in maturity, shaping our hearts and growing our faith. We see that pointed out in Samuel, who “continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people” (I Samuel 2:26). And we hear it in the exhortation of Peter, who concluded, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). In Hebrews 6:1 we read the command: “Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ.”
The America for Christ Offering 2016 reminds us that service is a way of life for Christ’s church. Extending the hope, love and compassion of our Lord to our neighbors and communities is a powerful demonstration that we have been transformed. We are reinvigorated by this year’s theme to come alongside people as they journey through life. Please join in giving generously to this year’s America for Christ Offering 2016. Thank you!