Offerings (a.k.a. "return"), a Joy to Discover
Generosity IS a heart issue and must be internally motivated. Love cannot be externally pressured, so we are careful to facilitate giving in a way that maximizes space for internal motivation.
We believe in giving, not as a rule to keep, but as a joy to discover. The “return” (a tithe and giving beyond) provides such concrete substance to our worship, spiritual warfare, and investment in our church family. If you’re already giving regularly to g:61, thank you. If you’re not, we invite you to start today. Just ask God what He would have you do and joyfully obey Him. Let’s make our giving an expression of love. That’s what New Covenant generosity looks like. We’d rather you not give at all than to give from a place of fear or law.
Do you “return” a portion? A word you’ve probably heard of is tithe. This simply means 10%. We choose the language “return” for a very specific reason. The principle of giving is a “returning” principle and this language helps us, not just in the stewardship of money, but also in the stewardship of our heart.
Here are some thoughts we hope will help you discover the “return”...
- The “return” IS so we participate in the economy of heaven. “Returning” helps us shift our perception, the orientation of our heart and mind, toward heavenly reality, where nothing is impossible. Putting God first in our finances is an expression of spiritual warfare.
- The “return” is NOT out of the fear of punishment. We do not need to appease the “big punishing God” in the sky who will curse our income and resources if we don’t tithe. Perfect love drives out the fear that has to do with punishment. We serve a good Father and there is no room for being motivated by fear. He invites us to participate in His realm and “return” from a joyful heart.
- The “return” is NOT in order to satisfy the requirement of the Law. Yes, tithing was part of the Mosaic Law in the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is a completely new system of government, by the Spirit. It is love motivated internally, not Law motivating externally, which moves us to “return”.
- The “return” IS out of awareness that God is our source. Every time we “return” a portion of our income, we declare that we are not our own source. God is our source. Most of us actually think it all depends on me, that I’m my own source. Crazy, right?! There’s something about the “return” that keeps our heart and thoughts rightly anchored in the reality of our dependence upon and trust in God as our provider. Putting God first in our finances is an expression of worship.
- The “return” IS a practical way to express our support for our gateway:61 family and the assignment God has given us. Our assignment as a church family requires resources, and “returning”, very practically provides the needed support. My heart is deeply invested in what we are called to do together, and this heart level investment becomes very real when I “return” my portion. Putting God first in my finances is an expression of family.
There are multiple ways…
- During church service by check, cash, or credit card in the offering boxes in the front and rear of the sanctuary.
- You may also mail your check to 17550 Wild Horse Creek Rd Chesterfield, MO 63005.
Make your check payable to gateway:61.
- On the web using your credit/debit card.
- On the web by setting up a recurring credit/debit card contribution.