Giving F.A.Q.s

1. Why give?

The simplest answer to this question is "because you want to." Giving, like all godly obedience, is not a matter of begrudging submission, but rather the desire of the changed heart in response to God's grace. As 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "God loves a cheerful giver." We strongly encourage you to read the whole context of 2 Corinthians 8-9 for an excellent and full theological treatment of the topic of giving.

As those who have been recipients of the abundant grace of God, we should desire to reflect that grace to others. Love for God and love for our fellow man should compel us to gladly give of those things with which we have been temporarily entrusted. The Scriptures say that love is foundational in our response and without it our gifts are empty (1 Corinthians 13:3).

Sometimes, as those who are still influenced by the sinful desires of the world, giving is not cheerful. In such cases, we are still exhorted to give while also called to seek repentance for any selfishness, covetousness and greed which may still linger in our hearts. We must remember that our lack of cheerfulness is in contrast to God's abundant provision of forgiveness of sin and relationship with Him. We should meditate often on His provision, especially in the cross of Christ, as the failure to do so may lead us to forget how insignificant our gifts are in relation to what He has given. Where we are begrudging in our attitude or actions, we should pray for repentance and an appreciative and generous heart.

We must remember that all creation belongs to the Creator. We are merely stewards of that which rightfully and truly belongs to Him. Failing to obediently and joyfully give is a reflection of a failure to recognize His sovereign claim to all things. Therefore, the use of our resources, financial or otherwise, is an expression of our understanding of God and consequent disposition toward Him.

2. How much should I give?

We teach that attitudes are more important than amounts, and that our giving should demonstrate love, not law. Giving in the New Testament is marked by three descriptors: it was cheerful; it was sacrificial; and it was regular.

Regularly giving cheerfully and sacrificially is an essential part of our worship. A follower of Christ labors not to accrue and hoard personal wealth or possessions (Luke 12:15-21), but to steward God's resources well and model Jesus to our brothers, sisters, and community.

Our commitment is an effort to serve our Father in all things, and one of the primary ways we serve God is by cheerfully giving God our "firstfruits" (2 Cor. 9:7; Prov. 3:9-10). We call our members to give, not by meeting some obligatory percentage, but cheerfully and sacrificially for the sake of the gospel because Jesus sacrificed for us, and all we have is His (I Chron. 29:10-13).

We thank those who have helped us meet these needs and pray that those coming and remaining would join in faithful, consistent, Godly giving as Scripture instructs.

If you are interested in further study, we recommend the stewardship series, Grateful Hearts, Generous Hands.

3. Where do I give my offering on Sundays?

If you have ever visited one of our worship services, you may have noticed that we do not "pass the plates" for the offering. We do not take up an offering during our worship service, but have two baskets that are located on each side of the stage. Why?

There are a couple of reasons. First, we desire those who consider Christ's Church to be their home to make their giving a planned and prayerful decision (1 Cor. 16:2). Second, we want our guests to experience the worship service without feeling any pressure to give.

4. Why do you request that we NOT use our credit cards for online giving unless they are paid off in full every month?

It is a documented fact that personal credit card debt is a growing problem for many people today. If this is an area of struggle for you, we want to be part of the solution, not make the problem worse. We enthusiastically recommend Dave Ramsey's excellent seminar, Financial Peace University.

5. To whom do I give?

In some sense, we are to give to anyone in need. At the same time, we must recognize the role which the Lord has granted to the local church. A considered approach to giving should always set aside tithes and offerings to a local church in light of its responsibility to help: (1) the pastors and staff, (2) missionaries, (3) widows, orphans and single parents living in the community, and (4) the non-believers in the local community. We encourage our members to give to the local church, as a corporate body of Christ, to support the saints.

In addition, we urge our members to have a lifestyle which is defined by sacrifice. The question is never "how much should I give?" but rather "how much can I give?" Our desire should always be to give as much as possible, to family, friends, and strangers in addition to our local church. We would hope that there would never be a time in which a believer possessed excess and yet failed to give to a need in the community merely because he or she had already given their allotted weekly, monthly or yearly amount.

6. Pray through these probing questions:
  • What am I doing to teach my family about the joy of generosity?
  • Where in my life am I rich in the things money can't buy?
  • If today were my last day, would I be happy with the legacy my financial choices leave?
  • What's one thing I can do today to live with a generous heart?
  • Where have I seen the generosity of others directly affect my life?
  • Although I might not be chasing money, are there areas of my life where I hold on to and give more importance than it deserves?
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