Why We Give
As God has been gracious and generous to us (2 Cor 8:9) and did not spare His only Son to purchase our salvation, we should be like Him and give to Word-based ministries as best we are able. We give priority to Word-based ministries because we want people to hear the gospel and not just get temporary relief. We also know that only Christians will support such ministry and that it will last when all else fades away.
We need everyone to support the financial load, as good stewards of what God has given us – please do not leave the generosity to others.
An informative short video has been put together to give an overview of how giving works at St Thomas’.
What does this look like for me?
In Leviticus the Israelites were encouraged to tithe by giving 10% of their income or produce to the Lord. We are now under the new covenant in Jesus Christ whereby we have been gloriously justified by God’s grace and mercy, and so our giving should be in response to our Father’s grace. Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 9:7 that each of us should give what we have decided in our heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
The practical thing to do (1 Cor 16:1-2) is to work out a responsible amount each week and use the direct credit facilities at St Thomas’ because it is consistent, confidential and convenient.
The table below provides a helpful breakdown of a scale of weekly income with different giving percentages. Click on the picture below to zoom in.