Giving Tithes and Offerings is easy via Direct Deposit using internet banking
Internet Banking Details:
Bank: Westpac Bank, Mortdale
Account BSB: 032167
Account Name: St Johns Church of England General Fund
Account No: 870821
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. " 2 Corinthians 9:7
Marked by generosity
As God’s people, we recognize how gracious God has been to us.
We also recognise the opportunity we are given to care for others.
This following is designed to help you think about how you can do this.
Why should we give?
1. WE HAVE A GENEROUS GOD
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
God’s graciousness moves us to show the same generosity.
2. TO WORSHIP GOD
Paul sees generosity as an act of worship (Philippians 4:18). God delights in using our money to benefit others and in particular for gospel ministry.
3. TO BE ENRICHED
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
This is more than a hallmark quote, The act of generosity benefits us spiritually (2 Cor 9:10), Some Christians in the first century were so moved by the Spirit that they gave all they had to assist others (Acts 4:32-35)
4. TO MULTIPLY MINISTRY
Paul benefitted from the freedom to focus on ministry through the generosity of God’s people. His ability to go further (such as to Spain) could only happen if people contributed (Romans 15:24).
Paul encouraged people to give so that many could be freed to equip and serve God’s people (1 Timothy 5:17).
How do we give?
Knowing that God is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4), that God has provided us with all that we have (Acts 14:17) we want to abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). This is not duty. It’s grateful service.
Paul encourages the Corinthians to set aside a sum each week (1 Corinthians 16:1-4). This is a good principle for us all to use.
It is good to assess your capacity to be generous and intentionally plan how you will do this. It is worthwhile having conversations with partners or godly Christians so that what you decide is feasible.
A good guide is to set aside 10% of your income for gospel ministry.
You can also look for projects to give towards.
You can provide technology for those in need.
You can give to charity or missionaries.
You can leave money for the church in your will.