From the Pastor
I’ve said all this before, but perhaps it’s worth repeating in this season when we are considering what kind of financial commitment we will make to the church in the next year. Here are three reasons why giving is important:
It’s good for you.
I don’t mean this in an eat-your-veggies sort of way. What I mean is that living a life that includes a commitment to generous giving is a pretty good way to live.
The Bible suggests giving 10% of your income away—that’s the traditional tithe. If 10% seems way out of reach right now, then pick a lower percentage, and set a goal to increase a little each year.
Some people ask if the whole ten percent has to go to the church – what about other organizations that are important to you? And what about taxes? Do you figure out your percentage based on you pre-tax income or your post-withholding paycheck? The truth is, those details aren’t that important; you should decide what’s right for you and your family. What does matter is that you decide how you want to live your life so that you can support the things that matter to you.
And here’s the hard truth: If you want to be the sort of person who gives generously, now is the time to start — not next year when you get a raise. Not a few years from now when life calms down. Not down the road when you’ve got things all figured out. The reality is that generous givers give from what they have now, not what they hope to have some day.
It’s good for the church.
Your giving makes all the ministry of our congregation possible. That’s how this works: we all give something, small gifts and big gifts, and together—with God’s help—we do more than we could ever do on our own. Every worship service, every small group, every conversation shared over a meal or a cup of coffee, every time a kid learns a new Bible story, every can of beans donated to the food pantry, every moment that we rest in God’s presence or serve in Christ’s name… all that, every bit of it, happens because of your generosity.
I can’t say this enough: The regular financial support of our members and friends is what makes it possible for us to be the church together.
It’s good for the world.
The world needs generous people. The world needs people who trust in abundance. The world needs people who love.
Even more than that, though, the world needs stories of hope, and that’s our specialty. Our entire community life, our whole ancient tradition, is built around the promise that the light shines in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it. The world needs that kind of hope right now.
Your gifts bring hope to the world. Your support makes our ministry possible. Your generosity can change your life.
October 30 is Commitment Sunday. Please join me and my family in making a pledge to support First Christian in 2017.
Glad to be the church with you,