We believe everything we have comes from God! Every follower of Jesus shares the responsibility of Christian stewardship. Regardless of the portion of what we’ve been blessed with, we have the responsibility to give sacrificially for God’s mission through His church. We believe Christian stewardship is essential for the health and mission of the church.
The Bible offers some guidelines on what generous and sacrificial giving are. In the Old Testament, God required that a tithe (or 10%) of the fruit of the land be given to Him (Leviticus 27:30-32). With Jesus came a new command, “For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law—justice, mercy and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things” (Matthew 23:23).
The Christian Reformed church has a long history of giving abundantly out of the gratefulness of our heart. We are taught to give:
First – We give of ourselves first to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:5). Instead of leftovers or simply a portion, we give to God the first portion: “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of your crops.” Proverbs 3:9
Regularly/Systematically – we give regularly, reflecting God’s faithful and regular care for us. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money…”. 1 Corinthians 16:2
Proportionately – Everyone can participate as “each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income” 1 Corinthians 16:2. Everyone giving in proportion to their income and resources can enjoy the faithfulness of this grace.
Generously – We give in reflection of God’s grace. “Freely you have received, freely give” Matthew 10:8. The abundance of God’s grace is naturally reflected in our generous hearts.
Enthusiastically – We give knowing we are a blessing to God. Moreover, “whoever sows generously, will also reap generously … for God loves a cheerful giver.” God designs that such enthusiasm will be a blessing to us, too, as He promises to “enlarge the harvest of your righteousness” 2 Corinthians 9:6-10.
At Peace, to meet our ministry expenses, to reach out to unbelievers, and to assist believers at Peace to enjoy the blessings of excelling in the grace of giving, the Council recommends every member give at least 6% of their income to the Church Ministries Fund of Peace Church. Further portions of income can be given in addition and/or to other Christian causes.
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