I WANT TO GIVE
Some money talk
There’s no denying that talking about money can be uncomfortable. In our culture, financial matters are intensely private. It can feel awkward to ask for money, and it can feel awkward to be asked for money. Yet it is an important issue throughout Scripture. God cares deeply about our attitude to, and use of our money. This is a vital aspect of Christian living.
The whole world is God’s and all we have are good gifts from him. Yet wealth and possessions can so easily become for us an alternative god, an idol to which we look with trust, hope and love for our security, pleasure and significance. This kind of money worship dishonours God and harms us.
Consider these words of Scripture:
‘You cannot serve both God and money’ (Matthew 6:24)
‘The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil’ (1 Timothy 6:10)
‘Greed is idolatry’ (Colossians 3:5)
The gospel of Jesus is all about God’s generosity in saving us through the death of his Son. As God makes the hearts of Christian people more and more like his own, one of the big changes is to make us more content and more generous.
‘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 Cor 9:7)
Scripture has a lot of guidance for us as we consider our giving. Here are a few important principles on giving:
thoughtful and cheerful. Giving decisions should be thoughtful and deliberate, as a prayerful response to God's goodness to us. It's the heart, not the amount of money that matters most.
a responsibility. Our giving of money should be regular, systematic and proportional to our income and a reflection of our circumstances. It should be the giving of our ‘first fruits’ and not whatever change is left over.
a priority. Jesus’ call to make disciples for the Kingdom of God is a priority for all those who follow Jesus. When we set aside our money for God with this attitude we are establishing the priority of God in our lives.
Just as the local church is the focus of our ministry and fellowship investment, likewise it should be the focus of our giving investment.
ways to give
If you would like to give electronically you can do so using these details below.
GPAC General Ministry
BSB 032 278
Acc No. 708608
GPAC Building Loan Fund
BSB 032 278
Acc No. 708595
Please email us for tax deductible receipt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mulgoa General Ministry
BSB 032 278
Acc No. 772423
On the first Sunday of the month we are offering an opportunity to give physically via cash or cheque. We are happy to come to you so that you can stay safe while still contributing to the ministry of our church. If you would like to be part of the collection please contact the office on 4733 1635.