Giving at St Matts

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9

People are often keen to know what is expected when it comes to giving.  It is important to get a Biblical understanding on giving before we decide what and where we should give our money.

From the beginning, churches have depended on the generosity of the church family in order to pay those in ministry, maintain buildings and provide funds for ministry activities.  Without people giving to support the work at St Matts there would be no St Matts church in Botany.

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Why give financially?

1.    Give because of Jesus

2 Corinthians 8:9
'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.'

God never wants people to give money to somehow pay him back. We don't give driven by guilt, we give because of grace. We give because of Jesus undeserved kindness to us.  he became poor, dying on the cross, so that we might be rich, blessed children of God.

2.    Give to Grow

2 Corinthians 8:7
'But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.'

Giving money is not something we do to impress God. We give money sacrificially to grow more like the Jesus, the one who sacrificed everything to save us. We give money to grow in our trust that God will provide for our needs.

3.    Give cheerfully

2 Corinthians 9:7
'Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.'

God hates it when people are made to give. He loves it when people decide to give freely because they understand Jesus love for them. He loves it when people's joy overflows into giving that supports the church, the poor and needy of our world.

How much should i give?

The gospel frees us from asking this question and turns the question into “how much can I give?”  

Where to start?

Generosity will be different between individuals since we have different incomes, resources and obligations.  A good place to start is with the 10% “training wheels of giving” amount.  Living off the 90% may seem scary but God knows our needs and supplies what we need to live.  It is better to live on less and have God’s blessing in my life and know I am trusting in Him, than to live off 100% and not have his blessing.

This 10% is for the growth of God’s kingdom so it may not all go to your church, although the Bible does give priority to the church ministry you directly benefit from (e.g. 1 Corinthians 9:11, 14) However, your giving can be used to support gospel ministry in other ways. For example, through mission agencies such as CMS or AFES as our vision is global not just local. Our giving can also help in raising godly leaders and helping to develop gospel-driven ministries. The Bible also places great significance on how we treat and care for the needy and suffering in our world, so support for this is to be part of our giving as well.

Here’s how it might look proportionally:
Church 7%
Mission (eg CMS + MTS 3%)
Mercy (eg Compassion + Partners Relief Fund 2%) 

 

The Partner’s Relief Fund
This fund enables members to financially care for those in church who are in need. It is separate to the ministry budget and overseen by the staff and wardens. If you need to access funds please speak to a staff member or warden. All enquiries are treated confidentially. 

The God who keeps giving
In the end you are to decide in view of the Scriptures how you may wish to give as a steward of God’s money. But at St Matts we encourage people to give generously and trust God totally. What we find is that the God of all grace, who has given us His own Son, keeps using our generosity to bring further spiritual blessing into our life and into eternity. If St Matts is the church ministry you benefit from, be encouraged to take this to prayer, and, in view of the gospel, make your money count.

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HOW TO GIVE

There are several ways that you can support the work of the Gospel at St Matts.

Direct Deposit
This is our preferred method as it costs us nothing and keeps you in control of your giving.  Through netbank you can set up a regular donation into the church account from your bank account.

Bank: Westpac
BSB: 032-197
Acc: 444233
Ref: St Matts - your name

 

Credit Card
Credit card donations can be made here via the website or on the St Matts phone app.

Cash/Cheque
If either of these options do not suit you can deposit cash or cheques into the Perspex giving box at the back of church on Sundays.

Please note: it will be assumed the money you give is for the ministry of St Matts unless it is clearly marked that it is for the Partner’s Relief Fund

3 ways to get more info
For more information, including how to make a bequest, contact the church office on: 

p. 9314 2500 or
e. giving@botany.church