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1 Timothy 4:8

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

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GIVING TO THE LORD

Stewardship is an act of responsibility of taking care and accounting for what God has given to us. One important area of stewardship is finances. God expects His people to be good stewards of what he gives to them individually. God expects the church to also look after resources God provides through His people. Blantyre Baptist Church is financed by the giving of its members. At the beginning of the year the church approves a budget which is worked out by management and vetted by the Finance Committee as well as the Diaconate. Once the budget is approved at an AGMit is closely adhered to. The Finance Manager manages the Finance following a Financial Policy. Monthly reports are given to all stakeholders.

We teach that the tithe or ten percent of one’s income belongs to God and that in addition, members should give offerings. Tithe envelopes are given to members and receipts are issued. Members can give designated offerings. We publish weekly giving in the Church Bulletin. There is an annual external audit by reputable audit firms. Members are free to ask for any information they need to know and it will be supplied at any time. We are proud to say that by the grace of God our audits have been clean going back ten years plus.

REASONS FOR GIVING TO GOD

“Why should we give money to God?“, some people ask. This is a good question. In this manual we have cited nine reasons why we should give.

A DEMONSTRATION OF LOVE FOR GOD 

God is love. God is a giver. You can give without love but you cannot love without giving. God demonstrated His love towards us by giving.

John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Whatever we do, we should do it out of love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV Do everything in love.

AN EXPRESSION OF APPRECIATION TO GOD 

It is always right and appropriate that whenever we receive something from God we should show appreciation. One of the expressions in which appreciation is demonstrated, is through giving.

Leviticus 7:12 NIV ~ If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in Leviticus 22:29 NIV ~ When you sacrifice a thank offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.

A DEMONSTRATION OF HONOUR TO GOD 

It is customary that whenever a person appears before an important person like a king or queen they should bring an offering or a gift to demonstrate honour to the important official. When believers gather together, God is in their midst. Matthew 18:20 NIV For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. God deserves all the glory and the honour. It is fitting to bring gifts and offerings to him.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV ~ Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; [10] then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

AN EXPRESSION OF WORSHIP 

Giving is an expression of worship to God. Giving is not just an act. The worship of God is the declaration of his worthiness. God is worthy to be praised and to be adored for his omnipotent (He is almighty) omniscience (he is all knowing) his omnipresence (he is present everywhere) God is amazing in his love, mercy and grace. He is worthy giving expressions of our adoration through things we treasure.

Genesis 4:1-5 NIV ~ Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” [2] Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. [3] In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. [4] And Abel also brought an offering---fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, [5] but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S COMMAND 

One of the reasons why we should give to God is because God commands it.

It was through giving that Abraham demonstrated his obedience to God. Abraham was commanded to give his son as a sacrifice and he obeyed. As Christians who are followers of Christ, we should obey what God tells us to do.

Genesis 22:15-18 NIV ~ The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time [16] and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, [17] I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, [18] and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

AN EXCERCISE OF FAITH IN GOD 

God is the creator of everything that exists. One of the names of God is Jehovah –Jireh. It means the Lord our provider.

We demonstrate faith in God as both creator and provider by giving back to him.We exercise faith by giving even from the very least we have, knowing that God will return back to us even more.

The widow at Zarepath trusted the words of the prophet as though they were from God.

1 Kings 17:8-16 NIV ~ Then the word of the Lord came to him: [9] “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” [10] So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” [11] As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” [12] “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don't have any bread---only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it---and die.” [13] Elijah said to her, “Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. [14]For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.' ” [15] She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. [16] For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

Mark 12:41-44 NIV ~ Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.[42] But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. [43] Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. [44] They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything. All she had to live on.

A MEANS TO PARTICIPATION IN GOD'S WORK 

Not all of us can fulfill the calling of God to a full time ministry for God. This is not to suggest that there is part –time service for those who do not do ministerial work. The majority of us do different kinds of jobs in accordance to our skills and talents. We are called to participate in Gods ministry by supporting those who have responded to God’s calling.

Women supported the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Luke 8:1-3 NIV - After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, [2] and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; [3] Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod's household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

The church in Philippi sent gifts being support for the apostle Paul and for the extension of the ministry to areas where they themselves could not go.

Philippians 4:14-17 NIV- Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. [15] Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; [16] for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. [17] Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire. [18] I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

A WAY FOR THE OUTPOURING OF GOD'S BLESSING TO MEET OUR NEEDS 

While it sounds selfish to give in order to receive and that our motive for giving should not simply be to receive more, giving is a God ordained way through which he gives back abundantly to us to meet our needs.

Luke 6:38 NIV ~ Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Proverbs 11:24 NIV ~ One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV ~ -Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

A GOD ORDAINED WAY FOR FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL PROVISION FOR PASTORS AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE IN FULL TIME MINISTRY 

One way that God has provided for meeting the needs of pastors and all those whose vocation is ministry is through the giving of tithes and offerings.

Numbers 18:21, 23 I give to the Levites all the tithes of Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of the meeting…This is a lasting ordinance for generations to come. They will receive no inheritance among the Israelites. Instead I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present an offering to the Lord.

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