Giving at The Mission
When a ministry has needs, God doesn't turn stones to bread; He prompts His people to write checks. He's done it that way for thousands of years. Help keep the streak (and the ministry) alive.
The Mission is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that exists because of individual donors like you. We have three ways for you to make your tax-deductible gifts to The Mission:
Bring your gift to our Sunday gathering at 10:30am where you can place it in an offering basket or in the boxes in the back of the room.
Use our secure payment system to give with a credit card or bank transfer. Set up recurring giving or make a one time gift.
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The most famous Bible verse of our time is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” From the beginning of time, God has revealed Himself to be a giving God – in life, breath, all forms of provision, grace, salvation, eternal life, etc. Clearly, our God is amazingly generous. Jesus modeled this same generosity moment by moment in his ministry.
It should come as no surprise that the Lord wants his people to model this same generosity… but how?
From Genesis to Revelation, God’s people respond to His amazing gifts with gifts of their own. Even before the Mosaic Law, that tutored us in how to live by faith, Abel worshiped God through giving. That worshipful response continues throughout the Bible and applies to our lives as well. We believe the Bible teaches three general forms of giving:
Literally meaning a “tenth,” the principle of giving God back ten percent of what He’s given us predates the law (with Abraham & Melchizedek). Some who say the NT doesn’t teach tithing may not realize that Jesus commends the Pharisees for tithing (“You should have practiced [tithing]”), but condemns their motives for doing it (“without neglecting [justice, mercy, and faithfulness]”. Tithing is a simple act of faithful obedience that provides for the public place of worship and helps keep a love of money at bay (by reminding us it’s not ours, but God’s).
Throughout Scripture we see worship continually connected with giving. All kinds of special offerings are brought to the temple as acts of worship (grain, animals, drink, etc.). These were often done during special feast celebrations as reminders of God’s deliverance and goodness. We also see special offerings done in Scripture when a special Temple need arose. Though it’s rare that The Mission would take a special offering for such a need, the basis for such an occasion is Scriptural.
The practice of giving to those in need is yet one more way we reflect the image of our God and the heart of the Savior. Again, this form of giving is done above and beyond tithes and special offerings. It is also among the most fun – particularly for a missional community. Putting money on the table to meeting tangible needs of people God’s put in our path is a great way to befriend them and display the love of the Gospel. Jesus’ interpretation of his own parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-14) illustrates this point: money is to be used to befriend people & build lasting relationships.
All forms of giving help remind us that God is our provider and all of creation belongs to Him, not us (Ps. 24:1). Practicing generosity helps protect us from a love of money/possessions and roots us in faith and trust in God to provide. Giving helps us become generous, hospitable people. Without those character qualities, it’s hard for unbelievers to see a difference in the way we live & love others. Talk is cheap. Though Jesus was mind-blowingly generous, unbelievers today associate the church most with empty talk (hypocrisy) and greed (wanting their money). May it not be so.
A word about the Prosperity "gospel"
Scripture commands we give. But it’s not enough to do the right thing. It needs to be done in the right way (see Biblical categories above), with the right motives (joy, thanksgiving, and compassion). It is not to be done in expectation that by giving in faith, God will make us rich, healthy, or prosperous. We reject that unfortunately popular notion. Scripture shows repeatedly that some of God’s godliest servants (Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus, the Apostles, etc.) ended their lives in poverty, homelessness, prison, and martyrdom (not health or wealth) makes clear the idea that giving some to get more is spurious.
Learn more by listening to our Biblical Giving teaching series.