What About Giving?

Martin Luther said, "There are three conversions necessary: the conversion of the heart, the mind and the purse. "Followers of Jesus Christ have a tremendous opportunity to make the glory of God and the gospel obvious as they grow in generosity.

Biblical giving should demonstrate several characteristics.  Of first priority, giving is done with regularity, joy, sacrifice, purpose and from a heart of contentment.  When we think in those terms, it’s not hard to understand why Jesus spoke so often about the tug of war money can be for our heart’s devotion.

God sees our faith and our finances as inseparable, according to Randy Alcorn.  We have opportunity in our giving to demonstrate our trust in Christ, transfer current resources into eternity and claim a share in the mission God has given His Church.

Giving is a significant, life-giving force in our devotion to Christ.  As we give, we declare first to ourselves that honoring God is more valuable than money.  That declaration is no small statement in our consumer culture.  In fact, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matt 6:21)  We can literally lead our heart with our financial decisions.

Growth in financial discipleship is a significant challenge for every believer.  That’s one of the reasons Faith has a ministry team devoted to help followers of Christ learn and apply biblical stewardship practices.  Eternal Treasures Ministry is here to help you.  The team provides workshops, small group study resources and individual counsel.

If you’re just getting started in the adventure of biblical stewardship, here are a few key passages of Scripture to consider: Matthew 6:19-24; Luke 12:15-21, 33; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 1 Timothy 6:6-7, 17-19.  Also, a very helpful resource is the small book titled The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.

Giving to Faith Community

Giving as Worship
Jesus is building His Church.  Everyone who is part of the family of God ought to set a priority with the first part of their giving specifically to the mission of the local church they are part of.  At Faith, this is done through the offering boxes provided by each of the Worship Center doors.  We do offering the way we do to ensure everyone gives without compulsion, purposely and as an act of devotion to God. 

Some prefer to set up their regular giving commitment through an automatic bank withdrawal.  Automatic withdrawal can be set up through Nancy Gleason at the Faith offices.  She can also help with information if you have questions about donations or other types of gifts.

The Budget at Faith
The Faith Community Church budget is the responsibility of the elders.  The ministry budget is started by ministry leaders as they develop annual AIMS (goals), evaluated by the Management Team, then by the elders, prior to adoption.  Financial updates are a part of our Vision Meetings for those who are in Covenant Relationship at Faith.  We want our financial stewardship to honor God, so feel free to contact the Faith offices if you have any questions.

*Quotes above taken from Randy Alcorn’s “The Treasure Principle”