"So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer."
Romans 12:1 (GNB)
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE ABOUT GIVING?
The standard for giving God gave to His people in the Old Testament was the tithe, or 10%. Each person was expected to give the first 10% of his income, as well as his livestock and his crops, to God. (Leviticus 27:30-33; Malachi 3:8; Luke 18:11-12) People were obligated to tithe under God’s Law given to Moses. Jesus’ death fully satisfied all of the requirements of the law. (Matthew 5:17) As believers in Jesus Christ, we are no longer controlled by the law. We give, not under obligation, but out of our appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice for us and his daily provisions and grace in our lives. We do believe that the tithe is still a Biblical standard for giving.
The New Testament teaches us a lot about giving to support God’s ministry through the local church. We should give regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2), privately (Matthew 6:3-4), proportionally (2 Corinthians 8:11-13), generously (2 Corinthians 9:6) and cheerfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8) Giving brings a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment to the Christian life.
Our attitude toward giving is important. Through our giving, we demonstrate our understanding that God provides everything we have. We express reliance on Him to meet our needs, not ourselves or our earnings. God wants us to offer ourselves to Him, fully, without reservation. If we do that, we will give our time, talent and money to support the building of the church.
HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS CAN I GIVE?
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GIVING?
- Online giving – Make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift at sanssoucichurch.org/give.
- Bill Pay – You can have checks sent from your bank to the church.
- Offering basket – The basket is passed each Sunday morning during the worship service.
- U.S. Mail – Checks can be mailed to Sans Souci Church PO Box 3766 Greenville, SC 29608.
- Wills – You can include Sans Souci Church in your will. Contact your attorney
Where I put my money is a reflection of where my heart is.“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Heaven, not Earth, is our home. Therefore, we should invest in things that are eternal. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20
Giving is the antidote to materialism.“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” Ecclesiastes 5:10
God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
Everything belongs to God. “The earth is the Lords, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Psalm 24:1