“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor 8.9 ESV)
Christian giving is always a response to the gospel. Jesus gave more than we could ever repay to clear our debt of sin and to put us into his infinite credit before God. God the Son gave up that richness of eternal loving union with the Father and the Spirit, so that we who were utterly poor, far from God, could share the riches of restored relationship with him forever.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9.7 ESV)
Giving to support the work of the local church and mission for the growth of God’s kingdom is a real privilege. It’s a task to be shared (‘each one must give’); it’s to be intentional (‘as he has decided in his heart’); it’s to be willing and voluntary (‘not reluctantly or under compulsion’) and it’s to be cheerful, which is only possible because we’re so thankful all that we have been given in Jesus.
Our major expenditures as a church include employing a pastor, supporting mission partners, running different ministry activities, and operating and maintaining our building. There are different ways to give to support the life and work of Bethany Baptist Church, including standing order and weekly giving envelopes. If you pay income tax, then your giving can be freely enhanced through Gift Aid, which allows us to ask the government to give us the income tax you’ve already paid on the amount you donate to church. To set up regular giving, or to discuss the Gift Aid scheme, please speak to our treasurer, Colin, or contact him through the contact page.