Every follower of Jesus shares the responsibility of Christian stewardship. Essentially this means that we respond in love to God’s abundant outpouring of material blessings by giving what we’ve been given to help meet the needs of this world. We believe that everything that we own is actually on loan from God. The apostle Paul wrote, “We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:7).
Of course, these material blessings include our money. Some have more; some have less. Regardless of the size of our bank account, we have the responsibility to give sacrificially for God’s mission through his church.
Christian stewardship also includes managing our time, talents and all other resources that extend God’s kingdom.
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church believes that Christian stewardship is essential for the health and mission of the church. The Gospel is spread and physical and material needs are met on the wings of those who give generously and sacrificially.
The Bible does offer some guidelines on what “generously” and “sacrificially” look like. In the Old Testament, God required that a tithe (or 10%) of the fruit of the land be given to him (Leviticus 27:30-32). With Jesus came a new command, “For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law—justice, mercy and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things” (Matthew 23:23).
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income.” This money was to be used for the church. It was not to be given out of obligation to the law, but rather with joy and gratitude for what the Lord had done, because “the Lord loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
We’re thankful for our congregation’s generous financial support. And, the gifts of time and talent in abundance. In addition to the Sunday morning offerings, ECRC now offers the quick, easy and secure convenience of online giving. It's a great way to give your tithes (which pays for our ongoing ministries), support missionaries you've been praying for, or help meet the needs of those community and Christian organizations supported by ECRC. Donate ONLINE through our secure giving site.