We give as a response to God’s grace in our lives, shown so abundantly in the gift of His son Jesus Christ. When we give, we acknowledge that he owns all things, we resist the temptation of greed in our lives, we trust that He will provide for us, and we reflect our God who is so generous to us. Therefore, giving is a key practice of a follower of Christ and an act of worship.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does the Bible Teach About Our Finances and Giving
The Bible has much to say about the topic of finances. It teaches us that everything that we have comes from God (Psalm 24:1) and that we therefore are to use them to honor God. However, the Bible also teaches us that we can love money and be tempted to use it not to honor God (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). In fact, Jesus tells us that how we view and use our financial resources reflects our heart (Matthew 6:21) and that we must choose between having God or money as our master (Matthew 6:24).
Honoring God with our money involves giving back a portion of what God has blessed with us to Him. The Bible teaches that we are to give to God our first and our best (Proverbs 3:9), with the people of the Old Testament instructed to give back to God the first 10% of what their grew or earned as a way to remember that all things come from him (Malachi 3:10). This sets a good standard for us who have seen God’s grace even more abundantly in Jesus Christ, as we know that “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Our giving should not be done out of obligation but out of joy in light of what God has done for us in Christ, so we should seek to continue to grow in our generosity so that we can both be like God in giving away our resources and help others know God through. We read these wonderful words in 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 that remind us about how and why we can be generous:Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
How Do I Give?
Gifts can be made online, in the weekly offering collected at worship services, and via the mail.
Do I choose ACH (bank account) or Bankcard (credit card) for my online giving account?
You can do either. ACH transactions are linked directly to your checking or savings account and have lower processing fees so we prefer this option because of the cost savings. Bankcard transactions are charged to a credit card and have a higher fee.
How Can I Get a Record of My Giving?
You can access a record of your giving through you myfaith church profile. To create a profile, please click here. You can also contact our finance office to obtain a record at 219-864-0300 or .
Where Does My Gift Go?
The major parts of the Faith Church budget are staffing, ministry operations and facilities, and our partnerships (missions, denomination, ministry partners); all gifts to the General Fund thus support the work of the church seeks to make an impact locally, regionally, and globally. We seek to highlight ways your finances resources are making an impact in our Annual Report as well as periodic updates in our services.
Gifts may also be designated towards the Christian Aid Ministry (which provides financial support of members and attenders in need), our Faith Family Market, our Building Repairs and Improvement Funds, and Debt Reduction to pay down the principal on mortgages on our buildings.
How Are The Finances of the Church Overseen?
Our church’s finances are overseen by a group called the Stewardship Team Deacons, who approve the budget each year and receive regular reports to monitor it. Policies are in place to insure that funds are handled in an orderly and responsible way, and there is an annual review conducted by an independent CPA of our financial activity and practices. Financial integrity is a key value of our leadership as we are stewards of the resources given by the congregation, and ultimately, stewards accountable to God for what He has given us.