Though we here at Calvary Chapel do not take offerings in our services, it does not mean that we think giving is unimportant or to be taken lightly. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also… lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven.” (Matthew 6:20,21)
As a church, we fully trust the Lord that He will provide, and He has been faithful to do so. God does not need our money, but He gives us the privilege of giving to His work. Like Paul says in Philippians 4:17, “Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account,” (in heaven)!
Now, giving financially is no substitute for first giving ourselves to God. The opportunity to give to the Lord’s work is just one aspect of our stewardship and accountability. It is however, by no means insignificant. The bulk of scriptural analogy and illustration- over 2,000 verses in the bible and 16 of Jesus’ 38 parables- deal with money.
As Christians we believe that we are merely stewards or trustees of God’s financial provisions. Therefore, we need to give back a portion directly to His work. The scriptural command is at least a tithe, ten percent of what we receive. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. (Malachi 3:10)
Notice, the tithe is to be brought into the storehouse of God’s house. The storehouse was the general fund of God’s house- the equivalent today would be the general fund of the church. Here we see the distinction between tithes and offerings:
The believers tithe should go into the general fund of the church and then if a believer wants to give to specific ministries or missionaries beyond the tithe, this would be an offering to the Lord. So, whether we simply tithe, or are able to give tithes and offerings, giving financially to the Lord is our privilege.
Our giving provides no leverage, position, or preference with God. It is an act of faith and obedience which in itself creates opportunity for blessing. As Jesus said, “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”- (2 Cor 9:7)
Even as Jesus lovingly watched the widow give all she had (Mark 12:43) so He watches when we wholeheartedly give of our finances to the Father, and we at Calvary Chapel give heartfelt gratitude for each of you who support this church.
To keep a record of your giving to Calvary Chapel, we encourage you to do so by giving through your checking account and keeping cleared checks. A separate, end-of-the- year receipt will be issued for individual amounts exceeding $250 As of August 2006, cash donations cannot be deducted without a reciept . Therefore, individuals wishing to make a tax-deductible cash donation will have to include their name with the cash donation. If you would like more information call our secretary at 425-335-4819 or email the office at email@example.com.