What Does The Bible Say About Giving?
Giving is a vital part of spiritual formation and maturity. It requires two things of us:
Giving is an active expression of my faith. It recognizes God as True Provider. It affirms my confidence in His ability to supply all I need. It is an act of gratitude and dependence. And it allows me to partner with God and His work through my church and in the world. Our God is generous and creative. He calls us to be a reflection of Him in all we do. It is through God’s grace and our obedience that being generous is possible. Giving is one expression of mirroring his generosity.
Giving requires the highest standard of personal integrity and discipline. It is not a casual or occasional thing. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the Bible teaches we are to give willingly, generously, and cheerfully. And our pattern should reflect a regular and systematic plan. In Malachi 3:10, we learn God’s standard of the tithe or first tenth being set apart in all of my earning as a gift to God. Through our tithes and offerings, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us.
What Are The Benefits Of Online Giving?
You can prioritize giving in your budget
The Bible indicates giving is to be a “first” and not a last or leftover matter in my life. Read Proverbs 3:9-10. It is easy to let our standards and intentions be compromised by the press of expenses and billing cycles.
You can increase your faithfulness
Have you ever forgotten your gift, left it at home or pledged to double it in the future? Have you had times where you have fallen behind because of travel and other schedule interruptions? Online giving provides a way to strengthen your faithfulness.
You can help your church
Through online giving, you expedite your gift, simplify our accounting, and strengthen our base of regular support.
You can encourage faith and faithfulness in the lives of fellow believers
As you plan and prioritize your giving, you will lead the way for others to grow and mature in their spiritual stewardship. Being a forerunner in this new area of planned giving, you can provide personal testimony and an example for others to follow.
“Since you excel in so many ways—you have so much faith, such enthusiasm, and such love for us—now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving.”- 2 Corinthians 8:7 (NLT)
1. Weekend Giving
At each of our weekend services there is an opportunity for people to give. For your convenience, offering envelopes are available for your tithes and offerings. Simply place cash or check in one of the envelopes, write your name and full address on it and put it in the offering plate during any weekend service. Tithe envelopes are available at the information desk with a number that can be assigned to you. If you place cash or change directly in the offering plate, it is considered an anonymous gift and will be put in our general fund. If you are giving by check, please ensure that the information on your check is correct so that we can record your contribution to your giving account.
2. Online Credit/Debit Card
Online debit/credit card giving requires you to set up an online giving account. You may set up a one-time or recurring contribution from a credit or debit card. You may also choose to have the contribution withdrawn from your account weekly, biweekly or monthly. You may manage your giving through this online system at any time. We do not encourage use of a credit card to give a financial gift unless you plan to pay off the amount in full when the payment is due. (Proverbs 22:7)