We’ve developed a short booklet on giving that you may be interested in reading. It’s designed to help explain how you can worship God, be spiritually enriched, increase your joy and partner with us in growing God’s kingdom, all through the simple act of being generous with the money he has so graciously given you.
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“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
In this short verse Paul tells us five things about giving money:
1. Each person
Paul encouraged everyone in the church to give. He wrote ‘each of you’. It is typical in many churches for only 30-40% of members to support the church financially. Like Paul, at Grace City we encourage ‘each person’ who is a member of our church to be generous and give financially to the work of the ministry.
2. Decide in your heart
Paul encouraged his readers to consider in advance how much they would give. Many churches still pass round a basket for the offertory. While there is nothing wrong with this, it can sometimes lead people to give in a reactionary way, and thus only give the scraps in their wallets, rather than in a considered and thoughtful way. At Grace City we encourage our members to give via direct debit (details below). This ensures that they have an opportunity to ‘decide in their hearts’ before giving.
3. Not reluctantly
The point here was not that they should feel no reluctance. After all, sometimes it is the act of giving despite our natural tightfistedness that helps us to grow in sacrificial generosity. Rather, the point Paul is trying to make is that God doesn’t want people to moan and groan about having to give their money to him. ‘Reluctant giving’ does not please God. For this reason, we discourage our members from giving if they can only do so reluctantly.
4. Not under compulsion
Paul stresses that nobody should ever to feel like they were being forced to give ‘under compulsion’. At Grace City there are no debt collectors! All of our members are able to participate and benefit from our ministries regardless of whether they financially support us or not. The one exception to this is serving in a position of leadership. This is not because people have to ‘pay to lead’ at church, but because we want our leaders to be modelling Christ-like generosity.
The final thing Paul urges his readers to do is give cheerfully. We believe that those who have their hearts captured by Christ and his purpose will cheerfully give to support the work of his Kingdom. We encourage our members to ‘give cheerfully’, knowing that this is the kind of generosity that God longs to see from us.
How much should I give?
The New Testament never names a specific amount that we should give. In the Old Testament, God’s people were encouraged to give a tithe (10%) of their income back to him. At Grace City we see a tithe as the springboard for generosity. For this reason, we invite all our members to consider tithing their income to support the work of the gospel at Grace City, as well as encouraging them to give over and above this to other causes.
How do I give?
Account No: 569767
Reference: “Your name” or “anonymous”
What will my money be used for?
All money given to Grace City Church will be used for the growth of God’s Kingdom. This may include staffing, ministry operations, property, mission giving, and/or anything else that we believe will advance the cause of the gospel.