At St. George's, we believe that looking at life through the lens of the gospel is key to understanding every aspect of it.

In 2 Corinthians 8:9, Paul talks about how the gospel shapes Christians' view of wealth:

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

‚ÄčRecognizing Christ's sacrificial love, how he gave up everything so we could inherit heaven's riches, shapes our view on material things. It inspires us to be both generous and joyful.

Understanding the incredible wealth we have in Christ frees us from worrying too much about our possessions, talents, and time. Instead, it fuels us to invest them in God's eternal kingdom.

A steward is

A steward is someone trusted with another's resources, managing them in line with the owner’s vision and values.

The gospel teaches us that everything we have is a gift from God, meant to glorify Him and advance His kingdom. The Bible even refers to Christians as caretakers of God’s gifts and truth (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 4:1).

At St. George's, we believe in being responsible stewards not only of our talents and skills but also of our possessions and finances.

Questions & Answers

Here are some answers to common questions.

Generosity is simply giving—regularly, sometimes unexpectedly—our stuff to help God's work and our communities. It's all inspired by what Jesus did for us on the cross. Just like how God gave His Son for us (Romans 8:32), our response to His love is cheerful generosity and a willingness to sacrifice for others.

A steward is someone trusted to handle someone else's stuff following their vision and values. We're all meant for stewardship by God (Genesis 1:28). A steward is like a leader in charge of resources but also answers to the owner. In the New Testament, Christians are seen as caretakers of God's truths and gifts, even His grace (1 Corinthians 4:1; 1 Peter 4:10).

In the Old Testament, folks were asked to give a tenth of what they had to help the ministry and those in need. In the New Testament, it's about giving as much as we can, sometimes even more than we think we can manage (2 Corinthians 8:3). So, the idea of giving 10%—the tithe—is seen as a starting point, a baseline, for our generosity.

The Bible says we should give God our 'first fruits' (Exodus 23:16, 19). Proverbs 3:9 tells us to 'honor the Lord with [our] wealth, with the first fruits of [our] crops.' It means giving the best of what we have. God set the example with 'first fruits' by giving us His Son, Jesus Christ. Our response to God should show our love and devotion to Him.

Our financial lives go through different seasons, with responsibilities to family, friends, communities, and sometimes creditors. Planning is key at any stage to grow our giving while meeting legal and personal financial duties. For some, starting at 10% is too low. And for others, 5% is a genuine sacrifice. The aim is to increase our commitment, aiming for and even surpassing 10%, showing our communities the love of Christ.

It's not a straightforward yes or no. Your giving is a way of worshiping God, responding to His grace and the gift of His Son. Deciding where to give your money and time should come after prayer and talking to fellow Christians you trust. If St. George's feels like your 'home church,' it's worth considering giving a good part of your tithe and offering to the community where you spend most of your time and where others are also investing in you.

We're called to steward everything God's given us—money, time, skills, influence, and position. Generosity and stewardship cover more than just money. Jesus said, 'Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also' (Matthew 6:21). Sometimes, we can start treasuring things other than God. In today's world, money can become an idol. Being generous with it for God's work can help free us from that idolatry and refocus our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

Right from the start, St. George's in the Pines Anglican Church has been all about loving God and sharing Jesus' love with our neighbors. In a small church like ours, our weekly giving from members and regulars makes a big difference. Your generosity really matters to us and is truly appreciated!

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