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Giving at EBC

God doesn’t need our money,
He needs our trust!

Should I tithe? A tithe literally means 10% of something – biblically there were a number of tithes, plus gifts and giving. In Leviticus 27, Psalm 96, and Malachi 3 we can find examples of setting tithes, or a whole tithe aside for God. It was not all about the amount given, but about our heart attitude in trusting that God, who gives all things, will bless others as we give our firstfruits, the best of what we have to Him.

The New Testament focusses in on this heart attitude. God is looking for cheerful givers, not amounts. For some, a tithe or a 10th is a helpful place to start, for others this would simply limit what they want to give.

If you would like to give online now, either scan the QR code to use the PayPal app, or click here

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Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

A few questions you might have..

What Is Tithing / Firstfruits?

As mentioned above, a tithe is a portion (10%). The word tithe literally means tenth in Hebrew. Because the custom of tithing was biblical in the Old Testament, many Christians and Jews practice it as part of their faith.

Leviticus 27:30 (TLB) says, “A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.” And Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) says, “Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”

Don’t let those gardening metaphors throw you off. What these Old Testament verses were saying is that you should give a portion (specifically tenth(s)) of whatever you make or earn back to God. That word, firstfruits is just a biblical way of saying that you should give first—before you do anything else with your gifts or money.

The Bible explains that giving is an important part of faith for those who follow God and that your gifts and tithes should be money you set aside first, you’re making it a priority instead of an afterthought. You’re giving your firstfruits instead of your leftovers.

Why do we give / tithe?

Jesus reminds us that money has a unique way of being worshipped above God (Matt. 6:24). We cannot serve both God and Money. Giving and Tithing is like Fasting, it is an act that demonstrates that Christ is more important to us than material possessions or food. While the principle of giving the first 10% (or more) of our income to the church may seem daunting, ‘giving’ is a training of the heart, learning to trust God for provision in line with His assurances to us (Matt. 6:25-34).

Should I give while trying to pay off debt?

Each person’s debt is unique, but the principle of giving should be a priority in the life of a Christian. While some debts, like mortgages and car loans, are structured and generally predictable, other debts like credit card debt and debt collection payments, may have higher interest rates and are often indicative of a more turbulent financial situation. If you’re in credit card debt, you shouldn’t be using your credit card to give to the church—you can’t give what you don’t have. However, if you have a handle on your debt, you can honour God by adding giving into your budget and financial plan.

Continuing to give during difficult financial times is an act of faith that God is bigger than our money problems. The New Testament example of generosity is to be embraced by all Christians, regardless of their financial situations.

Can I expect God to bless me when I give?

The idea that your giving somehow unlocks additional material possessions is a distortion of biblical teaching, often called the “prosperity gospel” – avoid this thinking!

In the Old Testament Moses instructed that the outcome of covenant obedience was blessings from God, favour which impacted all areas of life, notably land and descendants (Deut. 7:12-13, Deut. 28:2-7, 11–12). When God’s people obeyed the covenant, they experienced both prosperity and joy.

Christians are called to live in obedience to the teachings of Christ, however the Bible illustrates how we are incapable of serving Christ by our own power (Rom. 5:6, Luke 13:24). This is why God’s grace is made available to us through Christ’s death and resurrection. By living in Christ, we find that we are able to love and serve God, and that we then experience His blessings and joy, partly in the present day, but in full when Christ comes again to establish His Kingdom forever.

Give, Save, Live - 3 words to live by...

GIVE, SAVE, LIVE

These three words are a successful blueprint of how God directs all who follow Him to know His peace and experience His joy when it comes to our money.

GIVE (FIRST) – Why? Obedience = Joy! God loves a cheerful giver!
SAVE (SECOND) – Why? Tough things happen, being prepared releases Peace!
LIVE (THE REST) – Why? Because when you do the first two, you are left to live financially free!

How can I give?

There are a number of ways to give to EBC.

As part of our weekly worship services, we set aside time to thank God for all He has provided, and as part of this worship there is the opportunity to bring our gifts and tithes and offerings.

One of the best ways to give outside of the Sunday service so that EBC receives all of your giving is via a bank transfer or a standing order. Our bank details are:

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Sort Code: 52-41-31
Account No: 45034168

You can give online via PayPal which allows you to give by debit / credit card, or a PayPal account if you have one already – use this link: https://paypal.me/ebcfalmouth – NOTE: The card handling company takes a small percentage of each transaction.

We will have mobile giving soon, as well as a tap point in the welcome area. For more details please contact the church office.

Can I Gift Aid my giving?

If you are a UK taxpayer and you have paid enough tax to cover your giving, then yes!

Gift Aid is worth a considerable amount to charities like us. We can claim 20% of your gift. For example, you earn £12.50 of taxable income and pay 20% in income tax (£2.50). You give £10.00 to a charity, the £2.50 of tax that you have paid is refunded to the Charity by HMRC under the scheme.

With an annual budget of around £150,000.00 if we could claim Gift Aid on that total amount, that is a considerable amount of money.

Contact the Church Office or speak to Bill our Treasurer for more details.