As the community of Bethlehem we often say that we “are blessed to be a blessing.” We believe that God has given us so many gifts in our lives and we have experienced that when we give to God, we get blessed. We also believe that our giving is not a “have to thing, it is a get to thing.” We believe that our giving is not to a church building, or to our pastors, or to some special “pet project” but we give our offerings to God alone. These offerings will indeed be utilized to support our ministries which include caring for our church facilities, supporting the salaries of our staff, and supporting ministries of care and prayer, administration, reaching out locally and globally, Christian education, youth and family, music and worship, evangelism, fellowship, and finance and stewardship. The work of these ministries does not happen by itself. Our offerings bring glory to God by answering the call to be God’s hands and feet in the world. Our offerings therefore are not limited to monetary resources. We also give to God by offering our time to be involved in the ministries we feel called to be a part of.
Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship that recognizes that everything we give already belongs to God. How much you give is determined by your call from God to give. God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth, because this 10% represented the first, or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give "in keeping with his income." All gifts are welcome and God will be praised in the giving.