Why should I give?
Monetary giving to the Lord through HIs church is a spiritual act of worship. It is God’s desire for giving to be the joy and responsibility of every believer, not something to be done as a burdensome obligation. The Bible teaches that God has commanded every believer to give regularly, generously, and cheerfully.
Because of your faithful prayer and financial support, we have been able to minister to the local community, throughout the nation, and various parts of the world!
What is the difference between tithes and offerings?
You may have heard these words used in church, yet not understood what they meant. Biblically, a tithe is giving 10% of your income. An offering is giving above and beyond your tithe, such as supporting specific ministries and causes.
What does the Bible teach about giving?
1. Giving should be systematic and disciplined. Christians in the early church were instructed to give on the first day of the week (Sunday), which is when the disciples would meet to worship the Lord.
1 Corinthians 16:2 “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there can be no collections when I come.”
2 Corinthians 9:5 “Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.”
2. Giving is an act of worship to God. If giving only takes place out of an act of obligation, we miss out on the great joy being a cheerful giver. In light of what Christ has done for us on the cross and the grace He has given to us, our giving should be a reflection of what our heart treasures.
2 Corinthians 9:7 ” So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
3. Every believer is commanded to give. Paul wrote, “Let each one of you give…” as he was giving instruction to the early church in 1 Corinthians 16. As believers we are stewards of all that God gives to us, no matter how much or little. Regular giving is part of our stewardship responsibility and should not be ignored.
Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops…”
4. Giving should be first to the Lord. Paul spoke of laying aside for the collection of the saints. This means we have an obligation to prioritize budgeting for our giving, which often involves sacrifice. Paul gives an example of this when speaking about the church in Macedonia.
2 Corinthians 8:3 “For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing…”
5. The heart of the command to give is rooted in love. It is the assumption that Christians love God and love one another. Therefore, if we love one another, we are moved with concern and compassion to help one another. This is the chief motive of giving: a selfless love and concern for fellow Christians.
2 Timothy 6:17-19 “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
What are my gifts used for?
Your gifts help us to accomplish a wide variety of things. You may not realize, but it takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work to run the church!
Your gifts support the various ministries and outreach activities that take place each week. They help us to run conferences, support our missionaries, and provide supplies in the kids classrooms. They are also used to keep the utilities going, provide general upkeep of the buildings, and even employee our church staff. Furthermore, your gifts allow us to provide Pastor David’s teachings as a free digital resource through his podcast, on our website, through our church app, and on Youtube.
If you’d like your donation to go toward a specific area of ministry, you are always welcome to indicate this at the time of your gift.