Secondly, we are grateful for God’s unconditional love and forgiveness expressed through Christ’s sacrificial death (1 Corinthians 6:20). Our gratitude is expressed through our faithful obedience to God’s design for living, which prescribes a generous heart and pocketbook.
We give our tithe and time not in order to gain favor with God, but out of gratitude for the gift of our salvation in Jesus Christ, so that in our whole life we may show ourselves grateful to God for His many blessings.
In the Bible, generosity is linked to:
Growing Spiritually (Matthew 6:19-24)
Our Need to Give (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Worshiping God (Exodus 35:4-5)
The Need of Our Neighbor (Matthew 25:31-40)
Our Resulting Sanctification (2 Corinthians 9:11-12)
In our present-day culture, the issue of finances remains a key to our spiritual lives. Many individuals, families, organizations, and businesses experience serious financial problems caused by idolatry and greed.
Regular (1 Corinthians 6:2)
Proportional (2 Corinthians 8:12)
Sacrificial (Mark 12:43-44)
Cheerful (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Additionally, in response to Christ’s abundant giving to us, we should increasingly seek to submit our personal resources to Him, displaying a spirit of generosity and cheerfulness (Matthew 6:19-21 and 33; Matthew 23:23; Luke 6:38; Luke 21:1-4; Malachi 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 8 and 9; Proverbs 3:9-10).
We encourage you to take the next step of faith and live as Christ prescribes. This also offers a realistic strategy by which many have faithfully strengthened their financial stewardship. If you have never made a financial commitment, we encourage you to begin with a reasonable goal, and plan to increase your giving annually.
Each fall we at New Hope have the opportunity to communicate our anticipated giving for the upcoming year. This estimate may be revised upward or downward as circumstances warrant. This also assists the church’s leadership in planning responsibly.
Sixteen of Jesus’ thirty-eight parables refer to our relationship with our money, recognizing that our stewardship is a barometer of our spiritual condition. At New Hope we believe that faithful stewardship promotes spiritual growth, not because the church needs to receive, but because each of us has a need to give, as Jesus consistently taught.