From start to finish, the Bible reveals to us a God who loves to give; a God who gives abundantly; and a God who gives sacrificially. God’s Son, Jesus, is the most generous person who ever lived – Jesus gave his life so that we might live. As Christians, we give our time, talents, gifts, and money joyfully in response to the generous heart of God so that more people can come to know the life-transforming relationship with God.
During the Old Testament times, before Christ, the people of God were required to tithe, that is to give 10% of their earnings to the Lord to demonstrate, amongst other things, their gratitude and thankfulness to God for providing for their every need.
We are now living in New Testament times, after the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and so this part of the Old Testament law no longer applies to us. Christians are under no obligation to tithe. Instead, what God invites us to do is to set aside a portion of our income (which could be more or less than 10%) as an offering that we freely and joyfully give to God because of what Christ has done for us.
Over the years, as our circumstances change, what we offer to God will most likely change. This is perfectly fine since what God cares about is not the amount but the way in which the offering is given. What God values, what God desires, is that all this children give from a heart overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving to Him because of what He has done for us – such a heart gives generously, willingly, and cheerfully.
When we commit to giving regularly to the church and to others there are many blessings we receive. Firstly, and most importantly, we receive a blessing from God because we are reflecting his own generous and giving nature. We also, secondly, experience a wonderful and genuine sense of community as we play our part in what God is doing in this world. We do this through supporting the various ministries in the church, supporting those who are experiencing financial difficulty, supporting home and international mission, or simply contributing towards the maintenance and running of the buildings.
The regular financial giving at Whetstone Baptist Church can be given on any Sunday or through a Standing Order arrangement. This regular giving goes towards supporting our current ministries and missions, paying the wages of our pastors and staff, maintaining our buildings, and a number of other essential areas of church life. For more information on giving please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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At our communion services we also have an additional Communion Offering which is an opportunity for the church family to give extra for those within our family who are currently struggling financially, so that they are provided for and loved.
Throughout the year we will have special one-off offerings for specific causes. These may be offerings we arrange for organisations or missions we support on an annual basis, or it may be in response to national or international emergencies, or people who are suffering in the world and need immediate help.
From the New Building page you will see that in the grace of God we have now outgrown our current church buildings and are in the process of designing and constructing a new church building elsewhere in the village. Having acquired the land outright through the generous giving of the church family at Whetstone we are now in the process of fundraising approximately £3.6m for the construction, and are already well on our way. We are not yet at our target though and so if you would like to give then please contact our Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church office HERE or give online HERE. As well as giving sacrificially, the church family also run many fundraising events. Please check out the New Building page for more information.