Frequently Asked Questions about Giving to Messiah
What does The Church of the Messiah believe about money?
God is our provider. He promises in Matthew 6:33 to provide for our needs. The Bible teaches that everything we have comes from God and belongs to Him. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Therefore, we are mere stewards of what God has given to us. Tithing is giving back to God what is already His. We return 10% back to Him.
What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?
The word “tithe” means one tenth. So, when you tithe, you give one tenth or 10% of your earnings. Tithing (10%) is the starting point of giving. Offerings are gifts given above the tithe. God has blessed some people financially who are able to give substantially more than 10% and still live comfortably.
Why should I give money to the Messiah?
We recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than He did on any other subject. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Together, we work as a church to reach the lost. Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” The storehouse today is the local church. By partnering our monies together, God’s work is done more effectively and in the process builds up the family of faith.
What are my giving dollars used for?
Your gifts are used to fund God’s work through the ministry the church. We do this through our worship services, outreach events, discipleship opportunities, and through our support of local and world-wide missionaries. Your gifts also help us be good stewards of the church building and campus itself. This is the place out of which our ministries are based. We can accomplish more together than separate.
What if we believe we can’t afford to tithe right now?
The Lord requires us to be faithful regardless of how much He has entrusted to us. Luke 16:10 says “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” It is when we are having financial struggles that we can’t afford not to tithe. God wants us to trust Him in everything, including our finances. God asks us to tithe because through that, we become unselfish people and we show that we trust God to provide for our needs. As we grow in our relationship with Christ, it always requires faith. Trust God by giving to Him even when it seems impossible and allow Him to show you His provision for your life.
Does our church have a budget?
Yes. Our budget each year is determined based on the goals and objectives of each ministry area within the church. This budget is open for everyone to review. Contact our treasurer or church office to obtain a copy.
What payment method options can I choose from?
We accept your giving in the way that is best for you from cash and checks to online giving where you configure direct payments from checking or savings accounts.
How often will payments be pulled from my account?
You determine the amount and frequency for when you want funds pulled from your account.
How can I get a record of my giving?
You can request a giving statement from the church Finance Office at any time. This statement will cover both your automated giving as well as any other offerings you give to Messiah. To request a statement be send to you please e-mail us or call the church office.
Can I test giving online by arranging a one-time gift?
Yes. You determine the amount and frequency with your bank. Try it once or as many times as you need to become comfortable with giving through online options.
Can I still use an envelope as I did in the past?
We no longer purchase the giving envelopes except for special seasons or programs. However, envelopes are available in the pews if you would like to use those for your giving preference.
A final thought:
The Word of God also reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7b) When we become aware of all that God has given us and how He has blessed us, our hearts overflow with gratitude. In that gratitude we give back to the Lord. He calls it “sowing”. When we “sow” with a heart of gratitude, giving cheerfully to the Lord, we then “reap” bountiful rewards, we “reap” an awareness of His grace upon grace in our lives.