Opportunities for charity are everywhere, and there are plenty of credible places to give. In fact, you might think Community Church is just another one of them. To us, one thing is different. Our giving isn’t about charity.
It’s about worship.
God instructs us, through the Bible, to regularly give a tenth of our income, a tithe, to the local church. We generously and sacrificially give out of all that He gives us— as part of our worship of Him, an expression of gratitude, obedience, and reverence: worship.
Learning to give of what we have been given is a response of those who have come to know God personally and His great love. Giving generously is both confession that all that we have is his, and an act of worship that proclaims trust in God for future provision.
But, why give money to the church? Because it’s “the right thing to do”? or, it’s good tax write-off? God needs it? The church needs it? The pastor needs it?
Well, to put it simply, it’s what we were designed to do as his image bearers. It’s in our DNA.
Not because God needs what we have. But because we need God and were made in his likeness. Giving to God reminds us that He has given us everything we have, and can be counted on to meet every need we will ever have. God himself is a giver, he gave us his Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so that we could have relationship with him for eternity. He created mankind in his image. When we give, we reflect God’s glory as image bearers. And The Church is His plan, through Jesus, to reconcile the world to himself. To bring healing through relationships, to support one another and encourage one another. So we give, to advance the gospel through His ministry. What we do with what we have directs our heart. The church doesn’t need money, the church needs people that have surrendered their lives to Christ and part of that surrender is to give of our time, our talents, and our resources.