How much should I give to my church?
For God so loved the world that God gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not perish but will have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
God loves us so much that Jesus Christ came to us, full of grace and truth, and poured himself out to us so that we could be filled—filled with the gift of Life.
… describes a God who gives abundant life to all things.
… describes the way God loves each one of us.
… describes the way we can respond by our giving.
How much should I give?
Giving comes from the heart, and prayer is essential for determining what to give.
1. First of all, pray for your church (Rock Spring Church) and give thanks for the way God blesses you through this church.
2. Evaluate your current giving. Does it reflect your blessings? Is it generous? Is it time for you to increase your giving to God and the work of the church?
3. Consider proportional giving: How about 1% of your income? How about 2%, or the biblical example of the tithe, 10%? Giving is an act of faith. If you give even a fraction of a percent, your gift is an act of faith.
4. Consider, too, the ways you can give of your time, your interest, and your abilities.
[At Rock Spring Presbyterian Church Dedication Sunday is November 20th. Your Commitment Card and Time and Talent Offering are on their way to you. Please use them to make your commitment plan for the coming year. Make a note of your plan for your own records. We would like you to bring these with you to church for Dedication Sunday on November 20th. If you will not be here that day, please send them to the church office.]
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
Together in Christ,
Rick Neale, Pastor
Elder Mary Gowing
Mary is an active elder at Rock Spring and is a guitar player/vocalist and song writer with the bluegrass band Hicks with Picks. As a devotional practice Mary often reflects on scripture and prayer through writing song texts and poems.