Why We Give
"God so loved the world that he gave...” (John 3:16) The God we see in the Bible is a God who loves graciously and gives generously. It has been said that we are most like God when we give; as we seek to love and obey Christ, our lives become an expression of the grace and generosity we have received.
We give because God is a giver - giving reflects Him.
We give because God gave first - giving is a response.
We give because it transforms us into God's image - giving restores us. "Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8)
At CONNECT Church we value generosity. We aim to be a community where giving is a habit of our hearts and generous living becomes our way of life. We believe everything we are and everything we have belongs to Christ: our time, our talent and our treasure.
The Grace of Tithing
We believe in the biblical principle of "first things" (Exodus 23:19; Matthew 6:33). As such, we teach that the "first part" of our money belongs to God and uphold the principle of tithing. We believe tithing is a faith principle founded on grace. When we give the first 10% of our resource to God, we are:
Honouring God - "Lord you are first".
Responding with love - "Lord, I love you".
Making a statement of trust - "Lord, I depend on you".
Confessing ownership - "Lord, everything I have is yours".
We believe that the place where the tithe should be given is 'His House' and we interpret this as the local church (the storehouse as illustrated in Malachi 3:10). We don't uphold tithing as a law but teach tithing as a principle. We acknowledge the diverse personal circumstances of people's lives and, while the 'tithe' is a starting point for most, we understand that sometimes it begins as a goal.
A Life of Faith
We believe our lives "do not consist in the abundance of our possessions"(Luke 12:15) and see money as a God given blessing to glorify Him, build His church and advance His kingdom.
We believe that you "cannot serve both God and Money" (Matthew 6:24) and that 'our financial decisions are spiritual decisions’.
We believe that prudence and wisdom are an integral part of the life of faith of faith and offer practical support through ministries such as Christians Against Poverty (CAP).
We believe in the faith principle of sowing and reaping and that God blesses us to be a blessing to others (2 Corinthians 9:11)