Giving is an act of worship
Luke 12:32-34 (NIV) “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The inner essence of worship is treasuring God as infinitely valuable above everything else. The outer forms of worship are the acts that demonstrate how much we treasure God. Giving shows we treasure God and His kingdom above all that money can provide.
Giving is a reflection of our awareness of God’s grace within us
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV) “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Our giving demonstrates that we understand we are stewards of all He owns. God desires in us the spirit of generosity He has so freely shown to us.
Giving helps free us
1 Timothy 6:17 (NIV) “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 good, 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.”
Giving promotes freedom from the love of money, enabling us to see money for what it is and God for who He is.
Giving is an expression of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
By giving in faith, it pleases God. As we give, God provides the means for us to be even more generous.
Giving promotes the Kingdom in our lives and honors God.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.”
Jesus encouraged us to seek first the Kingdom, trusting Him to provide for our needs. The eternal impact of our generosity must be considered and should not be forgotten.
What is Giving?
What is a tithe?
The Old Testament clearly articulates God’s law, which includes the giving of the tithe – ten percent of the first fruits.
Malachi 3:10 (NIV) “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
What did Jesus say regarding the tithe?
Jesus affirmed the giving of a tithe, while at the same time stressed the spirit of generosity.
Matthew 5:17 (NIV) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Matthew 23:23 (NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
What is the difference between the tithe and an offering?
Pathways Church believes Jesus affirms the tithe, as a baseline for a lifestyle reflecting generosity, which is in keeping with the spirit of the law. The clear emphasis of the New Testament is the establishment of a lifestyle of generosity.
In 2 Corinthians 8, Christ-followers gave sacrificially by first giving themselves (v6), with grace excellently (v7), eagerly (v11), willingly (v12), proportionately (v14). In 2 Corinthians 9, they gave offerings with enthusiasm (v3), generosity (v5), not grudgingly (v6), cheerfully and voluntarily (v7), with thanksgiving to God (v12) and strategically (v12-15).
How do I grow as a giver?
As we each continue on our own journey towards generosity, let’s ask God which of the following next steps He would have us take: -Become a “Proportional Giver” – grow in generosity by giving 10% (tithe) of your income to God. -Become a “Progressive Giver” – increasing the percentage of what you give back to God.
Thank you for making an eternal difference with Pathways Church.
How Can I Give?
Pathways Church uses PushPay, a leading provider of giving software designed specifically for churches, to handle our online and mobile contributions. Online giving allows for a specific dollar amount to be deducted automatically from a checking or savings account, or by using a debit or credit card. You can set up online giving either as a one-time donation or a recurring gift. Online giving is not only easy, it’s also safe and secure. This option helps individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend a weekend service. *Please note: using reward credit cards creates higher processing fees and additional charges for Pathways Church. Debit cards and credit cards with no point accumulation system have lower processing fees.
Text PathwaysWI to 77977 and follow the link with instructions to donate or set up a recurring gift right from your mobile device.
Simply place cash or checks in a giving envelope and drop it into the offering bag during the collection at any weekend service. Be sure to include your name, email address, and full contact information on the giving envelope, so that donation credit may be provided for tax purposes.
Bill Pay Service:
Use your bill paying service to set up Pathways Church as a recurring payment through your bank. Don’t think of this as paying a bill, rather a way to ensure that you can keep your commitment to give what God has led you to give.