Frequently asked questionS
Why should I give?
Giving is an act of worship that honors a gracious God (Phil. 4:18; 2 Corinthians 9:12). It expresses our thankfulness and devotion to God for His generosity. Giving is also an act of obedience (1 Cor. 16:1-2). God commands us to give as a reflection of our trust in Him as managers of all that He provides (Matt. 6:21; Luke 16:11).
How much should I give?
According to God’s Word, the amount we give is determined by at least three basic factors: (1) a generous heart (2 Cor. 9:6; 8:3-4, 7), (2) a thankful heart (2 Cor. 9:12; Exodus 25:1-2; 35:21-22, 29) and (3) financial ability (2 Cor. 8:12). Additionally, God directs that our giving be the first portion of our income (Prov. 3:9-10), motivated by a heart of love for Him and His church (2 Cor. 9:7) and one that is prayerfully pre-planned (2 Cor. 9:7).
Should my giving be based upon pre-tax or after-tax income?
Prov. 3:9 says to “honor the Lord with your wealth and from the first of all your produce.” God desires the first and the best which would represent all our income (pre-tax).
Where should I direct our giving?
Since the Lord is focused on building His church, we are instructed to support the work of the church which provides for gospel ministry (Phil. 4:15-16, Luke 16:9), support of pastors and missionaries (I Tim. 5:17-18, I Cor. 9:11, 14), assistance to those in need (1 Cor. 16:1-2; Prov. 14:21; 21:13), and facilitating the ministry needs of the church family. Supporting other biblical ministries in addition to the church is an opportunity for those who are willing and able.
Should I expect a blessing when I give?
Yes, God promises to work graciously in your life (2 Cor. 9:8-12) and in the lives of others (Acts 11:29, I Cor. 9:14, Rom. 12:13). His blessing will come in a variety of ways: spiritually, materially, emotionally, and/or relationally (Prov. 3:9-10; 11:24-25; 19:17; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6, 8-10; Gal. 6:7-8).
If I am giving my time through service, do I still need to give financially?
Yes, if you are able. God has given spiritual gifts to use in service to others (I Peter 4:10-11), but these are not intended as a replacement for financial giving. Both are commended and commanded.
If I can’t afford to give at this time, but want to, how can I get started?
Begin by reassessing your current level of income and spending. Knowing the Lord’s desire to honor Him with your financial provision, some difficult decisions may need to be made as you seek to please Him in this area of spiritual life. If you need assistance, we offer both financial counseling and an annual money management class for your personal development.