Giving at Abundant LifeIn Person, By Mail, Online
There are 3 Ways to Give at Abundant Life
Give at Church
Give your tithe, offering or other special donation to a specific area of outreach during an upcoming Sunday service.
Give by Mail
Give your tithe, offering or other special donation to a specific area of outreach by mail.
Abundant Life Fellowship
P.O. Box 22
Boonville, NY 13309
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You will be redirected to a secure website to give your tithe, offering or other gift. Please note that EasyTithe will be providing you with your year end online statement and that it will not be coming from Abundant Life if you give using our online system.
What does it mean to Give Responsibly?
What does it mean to Give Proportionately?
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.
What does it mean to Give Sacrificially?
Paul says about the Macedonians, “they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability” (II Cor. 8:3). That means they gave until it meant a sacrifice in their lifestyle.
What does it mean to Give Regularly?
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.
How can I evaluate my own heart with regard to money?
What do you most enjoy spending money on? What percentage of your income is going to:
a) God’s causes (church, Christian ministries)
b) to people in need (outside your family)
How close is it to 10% of your income? Read Matthew 6:19-34; I Timothy 6:6-10; II Cor. 8:1-15; 9:6-15. Do you need to adjust your giving in light of eternal values?
How do I evaluate the use of my “non-liquid” resources?
Are there resources besides your money that you could leverage for Christ and others. Do you have time? Emotional or relational resources? Are you able to be a host to others? Provide transportation? There are many ways – besides giving our money – that we can give to the work and Kingdom of Christ.
How can I establish a regular plan of giving?
Follow these three steps (families should do these together):
1) Decide what percentage of your income you will give to the Lord’s work this year.
2) Now ask two questions: On one hand, is this a sacrificial figure? On the other hand, is it a responsible figure?
3) Now set aside the Lord’s portion first whenever the money is received. It is His, not yours. Remember — the more you trust God with your material treasure, the more He will entrust you with his spiritual treasure (Luke 16:9-12; II Cor. 9:10-12).
What do we mean by tithe?
When we talk about the “tithe” we are referring to the Christian’s regular giving to the church.
In the Old Testament believers were required to give a tenth of their income to the support of the ministry and the needs of the poor. However, if you were to include what believers were to give for feasts, sacrifices, gleanings for the poor, and special offerings…it would amount to 23%-25% of gross income. The New Testament does not specifically mention the tithe, but since we are far more blessed and indebted to God than Old Testament believers, we assume that we are held more responsible for generosity, not less. Thus the tithe (10%) is a kind of minimum guideline for giving.
What do we mean by offerings?
By offerings we are referring to your gifts that are given to the ministry of the church and the expansion of the Gospel that are over-and-above your regular tithe. In Scripture, these were called freewill offerings. An example of this for us would be the monthly mercy offering that we collect to meet the needs of those in and outside of the church, giving to a missionary or charitable organization.