But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 2 Corinthians 8.7
WHY WE GIVE
When you read about the earliest followers of Jesus, you’ll notice that they were deeply committed to the health and well-being of the gospel community of which they were part. When people join together as “members” of a particular local church, they make a promise to God and to each other that they will, to their best of their ability, work to help declare and display the gospel of Jesus through every facet of their lives. For this reason, responsibly giving money in support of our church is a deeply important part of being a member. In addition to helping the gospel reach people in places you might never have been able to go yourself, giving sacrificially also reminds us (and others) that everything we own is God’s anyway; we are just managers of his stuff, on mission with him.
Many people ask what an appropriate amount to give is. That is an impossible question to answer in a general way. Giving is an act of worship. So like all true worship, it should be done willingly and joyfully. God does not ask that you give a certain percentage, but that you give “cheerfully” (2 Corinthians 9:6) and “sacrificially” (Psalm 4:5; 2 Samuel 24:24) as an act of love, gratitude, and faith—meaning that you freely give up something in order to meet the needs of others, remembering how much Jesus gave up for you (Phil. 2:1-11).
What may be a thoughtless, casual gift for one person might represent an act of supreme sacrifice for someone else (Luke 21:1-4). Responsible giving that is free, sacrificial, and cheerful represents the renunciation of greed as an idol. It acknowledges that all we own we have received from God and are to use for his purposes.
Money may be morally neutral, but nearly one-quarter of Jesus’ teachings were about money. Jesus also says that how we spend our money reveals our heart’s real treasure (Matthew 6:21).
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You can give a one-time gift or setup recurring donations online using a checking account, savings account, credit card, or debit card.
Give by mail
Checks can be made out to Aletheia Church and mailed to:
PO Box 2637
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
There are several options for giving while attending our worship service on Sunday mornings. Offering baskets are placed at the entrances of the auditorium, and baskets are also passed around during our time of giving.