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God loves a cheerful giver 2 Corinthians 9:7 There is nothing better than seeing your gift put to good use. It’s why TV telethons such as Children in Need and social media based giving platforms such as GoFundMe do so well. They show you inspirational stories about how previous gifts have been used and people are motivated to give more with just the swipe of a finger.
Church giving tends to be rather different. As Christians we value planned, prayerful, sacriﬁcial, long term giving. But in churches like ours we can often feel our gift is buried away in Church of England central funds or just used to mend the leaky roof. So perhaps it is little harder to feel as cheerful about giving to church as the Bible says we should!
If you would like to be a more cheerful, more informed, and perhaps a little more generous giver to our church here in North Tawton, please read on….
Because God has given so generously to us.
We have been rescued from sin and death because God gave his Son to us. So how could those who are his not want to give?
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9
Because the ministry of the gospel costs money
The costs of running a church are considerable. To give you an idea, the total expenditure of St Peter’s Church in 2018 was £64,024. That’s £1231 per week, £175 per day. Most of this has to be met by congregational giving. (Per year, we receive about £1000 from the sale of Roundabout and £8000 from investments.)
For more people in North Tawton to come to faith in Christ and for us to grow as Christians we need, for example… functioning buildings to meet in insured, heated and leak free; resources for children’s work, evangelism and courses; clergy paid and resourced (more on this later); and much more.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
2 Corinthians 9: 12
Because God tells us there is blessing in giving
It’s just like sowing seed in the ground. If we don’t sow very much how can we expect to reap very much. That is not to say if we give all our money away we will automatically get it all back again at some later stage. No – giving is always sacricial. But it does mean that there is blessing for the giver when they give generously, not least in seeing their gift used to God’s glory.
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
2 Corinthians 9:6
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