Parkwood Baptist Church
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Contributions & Payments
We have 3 guidelines when we think about giving: tithe, sacrifice, and responsibility. The tithe guideline points us to believers who were required to give a tenth of their income to the church in the Old Testament. The New Testament doesn't specify a tithe, but we have greater responsibility for generosity this side of the cross. The tithe for us is a minimum. The Macedonian Christians demonstrate sacrifice. The Bible says “they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability". (2 Cor. 8:3). The responsibility guideline means balance, in Acts 11:29 Christians give "according to their ability". Planning is necessary for Christians in order to give responsibly.
More important than that we give, is why we give. Giving must be a joyful response to God's grace! Paul put it this way: "I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich." (2 Cor. 8:8-9). What a test! Paul says the difference between giving to gain favor with God and true Christianity is that a Christian wants to give as generously as he or she received. You always give effortlessly to those things that give your life meaning.
At Parkwood Baptist Church we have several ways that you can give to God’s work through your tithes and offerings.
Transfer stock ownership directly to Parkwood Baptist Church—without cashing in appreciation first—and you will not only bypass capital gain taxes, you will also receive a tax deduction for your gift. (Please consult your financial advisors for detailed tax information related to your particular circumstances.) Electronic transfer of your gift is preferred because it is secure and assures timely credit of your contribution. For more information about making a stock gift to Parkwood Baptist Church, contact our church treasurer.