Questions About Giving, Tithing, and Offerings
Below are some of the common questions we receive about giving. If your question is not answered below feel free to Contact Us.
Questions About Giving
First and foremost, God wants us to give because it shows that we recognize he is truly the Lord of our lives.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.Everything we own, everything we have comes from God. So when we give, we simply offer him a very small portion of all the abundance he has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God! It comes from a heart of worship. For everything we give already belongs to him!
God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth, because this 10% represented the first, or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give “in keeping with his income.”
Believers should give according to their income.
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.Note that the offering was set aside on the first day of the week. When we are willing to offer the first portion of our wealth back to him, then God knows he has our hearts. He knows—and we also know—that we are submitted completely in trust and obedience to our Lord and Savior.
We are blessed when we give.
… remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’God wants us to give because he knows how blessed we will be as we give generously to him and to others. Giving is a kingdom principle; giving brings even more blessing to the giver than to the recipient.
When we give freely to God, we receive freely from God.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.Proverbs 11:24
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.God promises that we will be blessed over and above that which we give and also according to the measure that we use to give. But if we hold back from giving with a stingy heart, we hinder God from blessing our lives.
(the Why to Give portion of this page is from www.christianity.about.com)
How can I get a tax credit for making a non-cash donation to the church?
After you have donated the property, provide the church office with a list of the property and its value. It is your responsibility to assign a value to the property; the church is not allowed to make that determination. In the case of property with a high value (e.g. jewelry, artwork, etc.) it is suggested that you obtain a professional appraisal for your records to support your tax deduction. The church will provide you with a document confirming your donation for tax purposes.
Can I make an anonymous donation for a specific person or family through the church?
You can make an anonymous donation to a specific person or family through the church, but by law it would generally NOT be tax deductible.
Can I leave cash or property to the church or a specific ministry of the church in my will?
Yes. It would be wise to consult your estate planning and/or tax advisor.