Giving

GIVING

To transfer funds online to Seed Church, use these details:

Account Name: Seed Church Melbourne
BSB: 013 328
Acc No: 414 134 009

 

 

F.A.Q’s on Giving

Q: How much should I give?
A: Many Christians believe that Christian should give at least 10% (a ‘tithe’) of their income to God based on teaching in the Old Testament and the fact that Jesus seems to support or assume this view in Matthew 23:23 (and Luke 11:42).  However, under the New Covenant, Christians shouldn’t view tithing in exactly the same way as our Old Covenant counterparts (the Israelites).  Many things change with the dawn of this New (and better) Covenant and this verse in Matthew 23 is the only time the New Testament talks about tithing or giving a tenth and it’s Jesus talking before the cross and resurrection, before the dawn of the New Covenant. This leads many Christians and scholars to see tithing as an Old Testament teaching that is superseded by the New Covenant. (see www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/7-reasons-christians-not-required-to-tithe/ and also https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-4-why-you-should-not-tithe-selected-scriptures).

Instead of tithing then, it’s better to view the New Testament teaching principles for giving, namely: joyful, sacrificial and regular:

a) Joyful
Giving is a matter of the heart. God cares ultimately about our hearts, for he has an infinite amount of resources at His disposal. When we give, we do so in response to what God has done, and with excitement around getting to play a role in God’s word and love reaching Melbourne (2 Corinthians 9:7).

b) Sacrificial
Our giving is meant to hurt a bit. If we don’t feel it, then we’re probably not giving according to the New Testament pattern (see 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15). Can you point to something tangible in your life that you don’t have/use/do because you’ve made a conscious decision to give to the church?

c) Regular

This is how Paul instructed the Corinthians to give in 1 Corinthians 16:2: ‘On the first day of every week…’ This can be weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. This is both for the sake of your own discipleship and gospel rhythms, and for the sake of the church’s ability to plan and allocate resources with wisdom and discernment.

For most Christians living in the West, what this practically means will be giving at least 10%, possibly much more. It is important to remember how deceitful our hearts are in this and also the freedom and joy that come with giving (2 Cor 9: 6-11).

Q: How often should I give?
A: You should plan your giving through prayer and give regularly. 1 Corinthians 16:2 states, “On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.” For most people the most convenient way is setting up a fortnightly or monthly direct debit.

Q: When I give at Seed, where does the money go?
A: Simply put, your giving makes mission and discipleship happen. Every dollar given fuels the training of believers, preaching of the word, and resourcing of gospel-centered ministries here in Melbourne and all over the world. Operating expenses are also completely covered by the giving from people like you.

Q: Isn’t my giving just my business?
A: Actually it is your business and God’s business. The church has a responsibility to teach Biblical truth, which includes the topic of stewardship. The Bible teaches that members have a responsibility to support their local church financially. At The Seed, individual giving records are maintained for income tax purposes and are held in strict confidence.

Q: What if I have questions about how The Seed spends money?
A: Regular attenders and members should discuss any of these concerns with an elder or pastor. Giving is a tangible expression of the relationship between God and the believer, not the church and the believer. We give out of love, awe, respect, and responsibility to God. We will all be held accountable to God for our stewardship of His funds; the church’s leaders will be held accountable for their stewardship of His local body and its use of funds. (Hebrews 13:7,17)

Q: Is it OK to give one lump sum rather than try to keep track of regular giving?
A: Yes. But it’s generally easier for the church to budget if you give regularly or at least know what you intend to give each year. In addition, regular giving increases our opportunities to worship God for the blessings He has given us. (1 Corinthians 16:2)

Q: Money is tight. Can’t I just catch up on giving later?
A: The Lord is the provider of all, including our material wealth. We are often most able to see His provision when money is tight. This provides us with an opportunity to continue to trust in God for our provision and give back to Him in recognition of this provision. For example, consider the account of the Christians in the Church at Macedonia found in 2 Corinthians 8:2-3, “that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord.” Additionally, very rarely does a person ever “catch up” on his or her giving. Most likely there will always be something to make our budgets tighter than we like.

Q: Can I split my giving between several Christian organisations that minister to me, not just The Seed?
A: The primary organization that God uses to accomplish His plan is the local church. While we don’t discount the effectiveness of many other Christian organizations and individuals, we firmly believe God’s clear calling is for believers to direct their giving primarily through the local church. Pastors and elders are accountable first to God and then to the congregation to be wise stewards of these funds and to direct them toward the biblically mandated areas of the needy, church leadership/staff, and the spread of the gospel.

Q: What if I do not have enough money to be able to give to the church?
A: It’s important to remember that giving is an act of faith and worship. The amount given during difficult financial times no matter how small is significant in God’s economy. The poor widow (Mark 12:42-44) is a good example of how a small amount given demonstrated a spirit of great faith and worship.

Q: How can I give?
A: We don’t normally take up a cash offering on Sundays, and almost all our giving is done by our members giving via direct debit.