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Worship in Giving
Giving is an outward expression of the genuine joy we feel about supporting what God is doing in his church. We want to contribute regularly and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) to support the church’s ministries, expenses, and the making of disciples among all nations. Giving is out of the “first fruits” of our labor (Proverbs 3:9) and we pray that you would also consider giving of your time and the gifts and abilities he has so graciously given to you for your good and God’s glory! Mike Riccardi with The Cripplegate has a great article on Giving as an Act of Worship.
6 Motivations for Giving from 2 Corinthians 8:
- (8:1-8) Giving is the exampled behavior of devout Christians. “they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints” (8:3-4)
- (8:9) Giving is Christ-like.
- (8:10-12) Giving is the desire of every regenerate spirit.
- (8:13-15) Giving is a compassionate response to the needs of others.
- (8:16-21) Giving is honorable before God and man.
- (8:22-24) Giving is proof of love.
Methods for Giving:
- Place your gifts in the offering plates on a Sunday morning.
- Establish an automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account (see a deacon to arrange this).
- Establish an automatic payment to the church with your bank or credit union.
- Give online via debit or credit card with one-time and reoccurring gifts.
- Mail your contribution to the church office.
- Passive giving through AmazonSmile
- Serving as a volunteer: there are dozens of opportunities to use your gifts and abilities!
Currently, you can use credit card, debit card or direct PayPal payment online. Please do not give using your credit card if you don’t pay off your balance every month. Please do not go into debt giving any money to Maranatha or to any other ministry.
Resources for Giving:
- Todd Dykstra’s sermons “The Dangers of Loving Money” and “The Futility of Finding Satisfaction in Money.”
- Randy Alcorn’s Money, Possessions, and Eternity, and The Treasure Principle. Also consider his three part sermon “Money, Ministry, and the Magnificence of Christ” Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
- John MacArther series on “Who’s Money Is It, Anyway?”
- Crown Financial resources for managing your money.
- Dave Ramsey’s resources on eliminating debt.
- www.Mint.com for automatic budgeting and forecasting.
Display the treasure of your heart through your giving! Jesus told his disciples, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mat 6:21)