We summarize the third purpose of followers of Christ with the word “GIVE.” That term refers to more than just giving our money; it is about offering ALL of our lives to God. We believe that we are to give of our time, our talents, and our treasure to the Lord through the local church. As a matter of fact, a perfect one word synonym for a Christian is the word “giver.” We are never more like God than when we are giving. As a matter of fact, the most well-known verse in the entire Bible, John 3:16, begins with the words, “For God so loved that He GAVE…” Whether we are talking about giving of our service or our money, giving should be natural for the child of God!
The members of our church family have discovered the joy of giving. They have come to realize the truth of Christ’s words when He said the “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We challenge our congregation to give some weekly service to the Lord, believing that we serve God by serving others. An abundance of opportunities for service are made available through our many ministries, programs, and activities.
We also challenge our church family members to practice tithing, which means giving 10% of their income to God through our church. We believe that the promise of God in Malachi 3:10 is still valid, when He said, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this…and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Our members have learned that, more than our church needs their money, they need to give it – because of what giving can do in their lives! We are also encouraged to give in an “over and above” way to such causes as our ongoing building program and missions offerings. We praise God for the spirit of generosity that is so evident at Crossroads Baptist Church!