Wise Stewardship

 

For a copy of the Wise Stewards Brochure or other important files to download, scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

why should we give?

All we have comes from the gracious hand of the Lord. Our giving is in grateful response to the generosity of God, who gave his son to die for us.

 

As Christians, our wealth is not our own. It ultimately belongs to the Lord, and he has entrusted it to us, to use as his stewards. Like those in the parable of the talents in Matt. 25, we will one day be called to account for how we have used that which the Lord has entrusted to us.

 

God expects us to use our wealth to provide for our material needs, and for the needs of our immediate and extended families (1 Tim 5:8). Beyond that, we are responsible for supporting the Lord’s work, in three ways:

 

1. The Ministry of the local church

We need to support our ministers who teach us God’s word (1 Tim 5:17-18) and to cover the costs of ministries associated with St James.

 

2. PARTNERSHIP IN MISSION

We cannot all take the gospel to the ends of the earth, but are called to be in partnership with those who do, by supporting them financially. For details on which mission organisations St James is currently partnering, click here.

 

3.COMPASSIONATE GIVING TO THOSE IN NEED

Christians are called upon to reflect the compassion of Jesus by responding generously to human need and suff ering (Matt 25:31-46, James 1:27, 2:15-16). As we have the resources, we are called on to do good to all people, and especially to our Christian brothers and sisters (Gal 6:10). The Lord calls on us to be generous in our giving, as we are able, to support his work.

 

Options for giving

How much we should give

 

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

Paul commends the churches of Macedonia because out of their deep poverty they gave with great generosity for the support of fellow Christians. (2 Cor 8:1-5)

Here are some ideas you might find helpful:

Plan a household budget for the year and decide how much to give in total to all Christian ministries in relation to anticipated spending on other needs. Think carefully about how many Christian organisations you wish to support financially.

 

Each of us must prayerfully consider how much to give to the work of the church. Circumstances change as we move through the stages of life. It doesn’t matter how small the contribution; what mattes is our commitment.

(2 Cor 16:2)

 

In ancient Israel, one tenth of the increase of the land, trees, herds and flocks was given to the Lord as his tithe.

For Christians under the new covenant there is no hard and fast rule, but the Bible does give us examples and guidelines to help us see God’s perspective.