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Why give?

The Bible has quite a lot to say about giving.

We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, our God is a giving God.

“For God so loved the world he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV

We give because God gives so generously to us.

There are many examples in the Bible about God’s people giving generously of their financial resources (tithes and offerings) as an act of worship and thanksgiving. But the Bible also makes it clear it is just as important for Christians to give generously of their time and voluntary service in order to fulfill the mission of the Church.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV

Why give to St Andrew’s?

The ongoing ministry of St Andrew’s South Brisbane depends on the generosity and commitment of its people – those who serve as staff or volunteers and those who prayerfully and financially support the church and its ministries.

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