Giving is a form of worship. It is essential to the life of a Christian, and we believe it should be done cheerfully and thankfully (2 Corinthians 9:7). We believe that our generosity is much more than paying the bills - it reveals a lot about the conditions of our heart. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
At the Church at Martinsburg, we believe that our giving should be regular, responsible, proportional and sacrificial.
Paul encouraged the Corinthian church that, “On the first day of every week, each one should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Regular giving cultivates a lifestyle of generosity in the hearts of God’s people. Usually spontaneous or unplanned giving, while perhaps joyful, is not proportionate. The actual tally of completely spontaneous giving usually shows little sacrifice involved. We must plan. We must allow the church to help with reminders and directions.
Christians are to give “according to their ability” (Acts 11:29). There are seasons to economic life. And there are economic responsibilities to our families and to our debts. In many cases, good planning over time will be necessary to move our giving into proportions that reflect our eternal priorities without reneging on legal and personal financial obligations.
We are to give out of what we have, not out of what we do not have. Each of us needs to prayerfully determine what generous giving is for each of our families… for some people, 10% is too low a starting point. For others, giving even 5% is a sacrifice. The goal is to increase one’s commitment up to and above 10% so that it models Christ’s love to our communities.
Paul says about the Macedonians, “they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability” (2 Cor. 8:3). That means they gave until it meant a sacrifice in their lifestyle.
Do you have questions about why the Church at Martinsburg provides ways for you to give? Why should you give? How much should you give? What is stewardship anyway? Check out our guide, "Common Questions about Stewardship Answered".