Zion United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world

Online Giving

A Biblical Understanding for Online Giving

David praised the Lord before the entire assembly: “O Lord God of our father Israel, you deserve praise forevermore! O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exalt yourself as the ruler of all. You are the source of wealth and honor; you rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name. “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. ~ 1 Chronicles 29:10-14

David acknowledged the sovereignty of God over everything he had. If we desire to have financial success in every area of our lives, we need to do the same. God has given each one of us the responsibility of managing our finances. One who manages assets, affairs or property belonging to someone else is called a “steward.” The “someone else,” who is owner of all, is God!

As stewards of what God has entrusted to us, it is our responsibility to recognize that God owns everything and we own nothing. An attitude of gratefulness is the appropriate response to God, for the things He has placed in our care. Like David, the key question for us should not be, “How much are we required to give?” Rather it should be, “How can I maximize what God has given me to bring God glory?”

Tithes and Offerings
The word “tithe,” meaning 10%, comes from the Old Testament. God set down the guidelines for tithing to cause us to recognize God’s ownership of everything, on a regular basis, as well as to teach us, as believers, to put God first in our lives.

When you give your tithe, you are giving back to God what is already God’s, what is expected, what is required. In giving an offering, you are giving a gift to God from a heart of love, over and above the tithe. The tithe is an act of obedience; the offering is a statement of love.

God has blessed our lives in countless ways. Giving back in faith, whether in tithes or in offerings, is a privilege which causes believers to overflow with thankfulness for all of God’s many blessings. What has God entrusted to you? How are you managing it? God’s own words in Matthew 25:14 -28 tell us that the reason we may not have much is because God cannot trust us with much! Our Lord blesses wise managers with even more to manage.

At Zion United Methodist Church, we believe that God has entrusted time, talents and treasures to us as believers, and expects us to manage them in ways that bring honor to God. We conveniently offer you the capability to give online, in addition to the invitation to contribute in our worship services or through the Church Office.

Online Giving
Giving is one of the central themes in the Bible. Jesus talked more about this subject than heaven, hell or prayer. To understand what it means to be a Christ-follower, we must also understand what it means to be a giver.

Only two things will last forever: people and the Church. By investing in the life-changing and life-giving message of the church, you can leverage your resources for eternity. (I Timothy 6:7)

Giving online is safe and secure. Whether you want to submit a single donation or would like to set up scheduled giving, you can now do it all online – even pay for resources or make specific contributions. You may give either by a withdrawal from your checking account or we accept all major credit cards through E-Giving.

Bank Draft (ACH) & Debit Cards
We encourage the use of ACH automated transactions by a bank debit account. Once on the E-Giving webpage, simply fill in your contact information in the “update your account” section, and you will then be prompted to schedule and set your giving preferences.

 
We pray this will be one additional means of connecting your heart to God through the discipline of giving. If you have any questions or concerns about online giving, please do not hesitate to contact our Church Office at: ZionUMC@HistoricZionUMC.org or 540 582-6532.
Go to the E-Giving Online Transaction System
(adapted from several web sources and with permission from New Song UMC)