Live Generously, Give Generously.
Give Your Time & Talents
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." - 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
God has given each of us certain gifts that he intends for us to use in service to one another. We are all gifted differently so that we can use our gifts in a concerted effort to adequately minister to one another and our community.
One of the great joys of being a part of a church family is glorifying God by using the gifts he has given each of us to sacrificially serve one another.
Give Your Treasure
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:21
Our hearts are connected with our money. That's why it hurts to pay for an unexpected expense. That's why it brings us joy to see a loved one receive a gift that we bought for them.
God asks us to give, not because he needs our money, but because he wants our hearts.
God asks us to trust him through giving a portion of our money to something outside of ourselves. In Malachi 3, he not only says to trust him but to test him by giving and see "if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need."