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Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times having all that you need you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Finance and Giving
Why are we called to give 10% of our net income to the work of the church?
1. Christian giving is an expression of the Grace of God (2 Corinthians 8: 1-6)
2. Christian giving can be for many a charisma - a gift of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 8: 7)
3. Christian giving is inspired by the Cross of Christ, not the promptings of the Vicar (2 Corinthians 8: 8-9)
4. Christian giving is proportionate giving. It is quite clear in 2 Corinthians 8: 10-12 that giving as a Christian should never be less than proportionate to our income.
5. Christian giving contributes to equality in the family of God
6. Christian giving must be carefully supervised. Handling money is a risky business and Paul is evidently aware of the dangers. He writes that we want to avoid any criticism of how we administer this liberal gift (2 Corinthians 8:20) and we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but in the eyes of men (2 Corinthians 8:21). Therefore we have to be responsible for what we are giving and given.
7. Christian giving can be stimulated by a little friendly competition. 2 Corinthians 9: 1-5 we see this set out.
8. Christian giving resemles the Harvest. Clearly it is true we reap what we sow and a dead church that cannot afford its Vicar has nobody else to blame but itself. Reaping has a double meaning because it is both for the consumption of the Chruch but also for further sowing in the mission field.
9. Christian giving has a symbolic significance. It is a theological expression - when we contribute to the Church and its activities or to evangelistic enterprises we are expressing our confidence that the Gospel of God has a power for salvation and that everybody has a right to hear it. When we give to the maturing of the Church we acknowledge its centrality to God's purposes and His desire for its maturity.
10. Christian giving promotes thanksgiving to God. Please take time to read 2 Corinthians 9: 11-15 and you will understand this.
It is truly amazing that so much is involved in the transfer of money. We have the Doctrine of the Trinity, the Grace of God, the Cross of Christ and the Unity of the Holy Spirit. We have the practical wisdom of the Apostle of Christ. Spiritual truth and practical wisdom both working side by side. We are entrusted with enormous wealth and given an awesome privilege in that we can help each other and our churches by releasing some of the money entrusted to us by God as stewards to increase the work of God and as a sign of our thanksgiving to God for the sake of His being God.
Please, at least once a year, consider tithing 10% of your income after tax to the work of your local church. This will be a blessing both to yourself and to God and a blessing to your Church.
How to give
This is the most helpful way to give and it assists our planning. You can give by standing order through your bank. You can also give through the Diocese of Peterborough who will recover your tax on each payment and pay it to us directly.
If you want to give to our work please send a cheque marked with the name of the church followed by " PCC" to the the Benefice Treasurer, 10 Wellingborough Road, Mears Ashby, Northampton, NN6 0DZ.
Being Tax Efficient
If you pay tax in the UK the chancellor will give us back a sum equivalent to the tax you pay at the basic rate so please fill in a Gift Aid Form. You could also give through your employers GAYE payroll giving scheme and you can claim the tax back, if you are a 40% tax payer, in your returns.
Please consider remembering us in your will. Your solicitor will advise you in these matters in relations to the wording of the approprate clauses or ring the Revd Duncan Beet for more information.
Draft will clause giving gift
Standing Order Form
Gift Aid Form