Biblical giving principles
We believe that financial giving is a form of worship
– not just a way to pay the bills. We are also convinced
that giving to a ministry such as a church is really only meaningful
for those who have first received God’s gift of eternal
life through Christ. We like the term “grace giving,”
because when we give financially we are actually giving thanks
to God for grace in saving us (2 Corinthians 8:7-9). Giving should
not be a duty performed out of guilt or in an effort to manipulate
God to bless us; it’s a way to express to God that all we
have really belongs to Him.
Here are some Bible passages and principles. Also
feel free to read/listen to the sermon
series on Biblical stewardship.
Giving as Worship
– (Proverbs 3:9) “Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops."
– Giving should not be done out of a sense of guilt,
duty or coercion. (2 Corinthians 9:7) "Each man should
give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly
or under compulsion…"
and Proportionately – Giving should be done
according to a personal plan that is regular and proportionate
to one’s ability and income. (1 Corinthians 16:2) "On
the first day of every week [Sunday], each one of you should
set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income."
– Regular giving expresses our devotion to God and our
trust in Him to supply our needs. (2 Corinthians 8:2, See
also 9:8-11) "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing
joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”
– Giving should be a private ministry. (Matthew 6:4)"…that
your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what
is done in secret, will reward you."
How to give
Regular Weekend Offerings
– Offerings are received during each of the weekend
Online bill pay – If
available at your bank, you can designate on their website where
you want them to send money, how often, etc. They then send checks
to Open Door Bible Church. The church address is 3420 Hwy LL,
Port Washington, WI 53074.
– If you have a Paypal account, you can designate the Open
Door email account as your recipient: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your
tax-deductible receipt will be for the full amount of your gift.
(the church pays the minimal Paypal fee – about 2% per transaction)