Stone Creek Bible Church
Saturday, July 20, 2024
A Christ-centered Fellowship

Perspective on Giving

2 Corinthians 9 contains some key principles for joyfully giving from what the Lord has graciously given you:

6 Now this, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 8 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.

By the word "purposed" in that passage, we get a hint that we are supposed to plan our giving.  We should also make arrangements to give what we have planned to give, so that we don't spend it (see 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 for that principle).  What you have planned to give should be given or at least set aside first, before any spending is done (see the next paragraph).  
In the Old Testament Law, God required His people to give the first 10% of everything they produced (income), primarily to take care of the those who lead them spiritually (Numbers 18:21, Deuteronomy 26:2). We don't believe Christians have a 10% requirement.  But the principle of supporting those who lead you spiritually is clearly reiterated in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 9:14, 1 Timothy 5:18).    
So whatever God leads you to give and you purpose to give with joy, we want to give you tools to help you make arrangements for your giving.

Three Electronic Giving Options 

You may set up regular automatic debits from your bank account.  To set that up, you can pick up a form on the Information table on Sunday mornings, or download the form here.
You can also use Zelle for giving or for other payments you might need to make to the church. With many banks, Zelle is a free service they offer (free to you, and it's fee free for the church).  To send a payment:
- Go into your bank app or account, find a tab for making payments, select Zelle, and that you want to send a payment
- The first time, you'll need to add Stone Creek Bible Church as a recipient
    - Recipients email, enter:
    - Business name, enter:  Stone Creek Bible Church
- When you go to give, you'll select how much, your account you want it to come from, and make sure to put what it is for in the memo
    - If it is giving/offering, put "offering"
    - If it is to pay for an event, put the name of the event (ex. "women's retreat")
- On the screen, it will give you confirmation that it is sent.  It sends immediately to the church bank account.
You may give securely through PayPal by clicking the Donate button below.  Keep in mind, if you use a credit card, as apposed to bank account, PayPal will charge the church a percentage of your donation, or you can choose to pay that extra fee.  Whether you use a bank account or credit card, PayPal does charge a small service fee to the church.

Do You Have a Will or Estate Plan?

If you are a faithful giver, have you considered including God's kingdom work, the work of His church, in your estate plan?  

Financial Integrity

For information click here.