Money - it’s a massive part of our lives, but we don’t enjoy talking about it! This page explains a bit more about the role of money in our life together as a community - and especially about how tithing and giving money to our community is a really important thing to do.
Why do we give?
If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you will know that giving to the church is something Christians ‘should’ do. But why? What should be our motivation for giving? Here are five different reasons* why it is a really good idea to give our money to the local church community we are part of:
You get what you pay for!
Doesn’t sound that ‘spiritual’ does it? But it is realistic! Stuff costs money! We enjoy coffee - we pay for it. We enjoy watching a movie - we pay for it. If we enjoy being part of a Christian community like Barney’s - we have to pay for it. We have a great building which is the result of the generosity and stewardship of generations of Christians before us - and now we are responsible for using it, maintaining it, heating it (!) etc.. We also enjoy having a full-time minister to lead and guide our community. Giving because we get something back is a good motivation for giving. But it’s not the only one...
The Bible teaches us to give.
Secondly, as Christians, we are committed to living life the way God teaches us to - through the Bible. The Bible is clear, in both the Old and New Testaments, that giving money to support of God’s mission and ministry in the local church is something God’s people should do. The Old Testament teaches God’s people to give a tithe (the word means a tenth) of their income to the temple and the priests (Lev 27:30 Nu 18:21-29, Dt 14:22-29). The New Testament builds on this further, encouraging God’s people to give generously (2 Cor 8-9), using examples of the widow who put all her money in the temple offering (Lk 21:1-4) and the boy who gave all his food to Jesus (Jn 6:1-15).
God has blessed us
A third significant motivation for giving is as a way of saying thank you to God for all the brilliant things and relationships he has given to us. King David prayed after the temple was completed (1 Chr 29:10-16);
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
As we think of all the ways Jesus has blessed us and redeemed us; as individuals, as families, and as God’s missionary people here at Barney’s, giving generously of our money is an important way to say ‘Thank you Jesus.’
God has given us vision
Fourthly, we get to give ourselves and our money to a vision far bigger than anything we could achieve just by using our own money by ourselves. This is an exciting time in the life of our community at Barney’s.
Our vision is to be God's Missionary People - Seeing Lives Transformed and our mission is to grow Jesus-centred communities of disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
As we all give generously with our time, our energy and our money, we will be able to bless and serve our community more and more.
Love made me do it
Finally, and most importantly of all - we give generously because of love. When we love someone, we give them everything. We have no problem showing love to our friends and our family by giving to them and blessing them. We enjoy it.
As Christians, as God’s missionary people, we love Jesus more than anything else in the world. We love because he first loved us, and literally gave his whole life up - for us. Love is expensive - it cost Jesus everything. But it’s love!
Think of those people Jesus met, and loved, and transformed, who in return gave away their wealth in huge ways, like the prostitute who poured very expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50); Zacchaeus the tax-collector who gave people four-times the money he owed them (Luke 19:1-10).
As followers of Jesus, we choose to love Jesus with everything we’ve got.... including our money.