WHY DO WE GIVE?
We believe that giving should be a regular pattern for every follower of Jesus. The giving of our time, talents and treasures is the way by which we pursue the cause of Christ in a broken world.
Giving is the responsibility of every follower of Jesus and should be done cheerfully, generously and sacrificially as an act of obedience, gratitude and worship to God. Our giving not only communicates to God that He has all of our heart and that we trust Him to provide, but it also helps us to identify and remove the idols we have in our lives. A regular pattern of giving is one of the ways we remind ourselves of what God has given to us and align ourselves with God’s will.
We believe that God is the source and provider of all that we have. He has then placed us as stewards of the time, talents and material possessions that He has given us to be used for His purposes and His glory. When we give to God we are giving what already belongs to Him. Therefore, we believe that God is much more concerned with the posture of our heart and our attitude toward giving than the actual gift itself.
We believe that the local church is the primary place to which Christians should give. The local church is God’s “Plan A”; and the vehicle through which we teach the Bible, equip people to minister to the community, send people out to the nations and care for the widows, the orphans and the poor. When we give to the local church, we give toward the expansion of His Kingdom and spiritual renewal in the lives of people in this community and all over the world.
1 Chronicles 29:1-20 (Everything belongs to God. Give freely and wholeheartedly)
Genesis 14:20 (Giving as a response of gratitude to God)
Deuteronomy 8:18 (God is the source of our possessions)
Matthew 6:1-4, 19-21 (The heart behind our giving)
Acts 2:44-47 (Giving through the Church)
1 Corinthians 4:1-2, 6:19-20 (We are stewards of what God has given us)
1 Corinthians 6:12 (Removing idols in our lives)