The Bible talks about giving to the work of God’s kingdom in terms of how we use our time, talents and money. It is a tangible way of expressing our gratitude to God for the fact that not only has he given us everything we have, but as he joins us to his Son in salvation he has been extravagant in the way he has lavished his love on us (1 John 3.1-3).
St. Paul gives helpful guidance as to how we should decide how much to give and why we should give in the first place (2 Corinthians 8.1-15; 9.6-15). We are to give as we have been given: thoughtfully, consistently, freely and generously.
For anyone want to explore the Bible's teaching on the principles that should govern our giving to the work of the gospel through the church, free copies of John Stott's excellent booklet, The Grace of Giving are available on the church bookstall in the foyer of the church.
If you are a UK tax payer, it is possible to maximise the value of your gifts to the church through the Gift Aid scheme for charitable giving. To find out more about this, please speak to either Alan Liddington, or James Hepburn who are responsible for church finances.
If you would like to support the work of Bethel, please contact us.