I’ve had multiple conversations, with both Christian and non-Christian, about what the Bible says regarding money. I’ve heard people say: the church just wants your money, tithing isn’t in the New Testament, and I won’t give because I don’t trust my church. Maybe in your community, someone mentioned how that church makes too much money to be a “real church.” Have you ever overheard one of these statements?
Why do people think the church is just after their money and how do we instead explain we’re after their heart?
Part 2 begins below!
2. They don’t know why you’re asking!
If your church is reaching new people, you’re bound to be reaching people who don’t know what the Bible says about giving. They are coming to your church because they thought it looked cool or they got invited by a coworker. However, this might be their first experience with the Bible! When we do an offering prep or a message on giving, they might not understand why you’re asking for money. Is it because the church needs money or maybe they just want to pay the staff more?
We need to share with our entire church (new people and people who’ve been at the church forever) the reason why we ask for money. (*Hint – the Bible tells us to, that’s why*)
Malachi 3:10 “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
Mark 12:41-44 “And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’”
Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
We are asking people to give because the Bible makes it clear that out of our giving, we’re blessed and giving is a clear measure of where our hearts are.
Are you sharing with your members the reason why you’re asking them to give? Ultimately, we want them to give because:
- The Bible says to give
- When they give, they’ll be blessed
- We want their hearts to be fully devoted to Jesus
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