4 January :Church Finances and Church Building

4 January :Church Finances and Church Building

Titus 3:14

And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.

Giving to church

The main types of giving to the church 

1). Tithing

             A). Tithing is giving 10% of your income or receipts to God through the church.

             When, not if giving tithe, there is no discretion on how much you can give,

               it is 10%, it’s prescribed for you.

              In Malachi 3:10-“Bring all the tithe into the storehouse...” Note the word “all”

             In Genesis 14:20. . “And he gave a tithe of all.” Abram gave all.

2). Offering

             This is giving to support the work of the lord.

             Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.

             In offering you give according to your heart, i.e. you can determine how much you can give.

            2 Corinthians 9:7. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your hearts”.

3). Giving for a specific purpose

               This type of giving separate from the other type of giving in that it’s targeted for a specific                    

               purpose.

               The aim is to complete the project.

                Relevant to us currently is the church renovations.

                In 1 Chronicles 29:2. David says ‘With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my 

               God”

                In verse 6 “Then the leaders of the families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the              

                commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and officials 

                 in charge of the king’s work gave willingly”.

Reasons to give to church.

A). Giving out of gratitude.

God not only gave us His Son (John 3:16) but He freely gave us all things through Christ (Romans 8:32).

B). Giving to support God’s work.

  • Most of us our favourite scripture is Phil 4:19, “God shall supply all your needs according to His reaches in glory by Christ Jesus”. But verse 18 talks about a gift which has pleased God.
  • This means 19 results are determined by verse 18.


B).Giving to let God supply our material needs in our lives.

               As we support God’s work He takes care of our material things.

              Seek first the kingdom and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).      

              It is inaccurate to say we trust God with our finances if we are not consistent

               and giving in a significant way to his work.




C). Giving for eternal reward.

  •  Some rewards are for the coming world.
  •  Philippians 4:17 says “Not that I seek the gift, but the fruit that abounds to your account”.
  •  1 Corinthians 3:10-15 teach us that our work will be tried by fire on the day of the Lord.

D). Giving as stewards 

  • A steward has to be found faithful or they may be replaced.
  • If we are found unfaithful, God may replace us.
  • In Luke 16, Jesus teaches us about stewardship and the consequence of being an ungrateful or unfaithful steward.

We attribute the success of our church to Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith.

  • Christ uses his body to fulfil his mission on earth. We are the body of Christ.

  • Integrity in how the money is used.
  • The money should be spent honestly.
  • The church has instituted integrity practices which include:
  • Annual auditing of Financial Accounts.
  • Accounts are signed by two people.

C. We complete annual financial reports with government authorities.

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