The Fruit of the Spirit – Self-Control
by Doug Davis
Galatians 5:22-23. Today Doug Davis our Interim Minister will be speaking....Download
1. Give securely online– Today people are willing to have money transferred from their bank accounts to pay bills, insurance premiums, mortgages, fitness memberships and more. Online giving provides the same convenience for those who want to faithfully and consistently make a financial tithe or gift to the church.
2. Your Bank’s Bill Pay – Many banks offer a free bill pay service. All you have to do is make a payment payable to First Christian Church and input our address (see left – and make sure to include our P.O. Box). Your bank will then mail a check to us on your behalf. As long as your bank includes your name on the check (most of them do) then we can still track these offerings for your annual giving statement just like any other form of offering. You’ll need to find out the specifics of your bank’s policies on this service, but again, most of them will provide this option at no cost to you (or us).
3. Traditional Giving – You can give by dropping your gift in an offering plate during services, drop off your gift in the main office during office hours, or mail it to our P.O. box (see left).
What the Bible says about Giving
Giving is a vital part of spiritual formation and maturity. It requires two things of us:
Faith – Giving is an active expression of faith. It recognizes God as the True Provider. We believe that God is the owner of everything, and we are simply returning to Him a portion of what He has given to us. It affirms our confidence in His ability to supply all we need. It is an act of gratitude and dependence and allows us to partner with God and His work through our church and in the world.
Faithfulness – 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 us to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. Our giving pattern should reflect a regular and systematic plan. In Malachi 3:10, we learn God’s standard of the tithe-the first tenth being set apart in all of my earnings as a gift to God. Through our tithes and offerings, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us.
Mathew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Leviticus 27:30 A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops: then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do go, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.