God calls us to worship Him with every area of our lives, including the way we spend our money. Financially supporting a ministry like Auckland Ev is an excellent way of doing this—here are a few reasons why:
It’s an act of worship and ministry. John considers his financial supporters ‘fellow workers’ with him even though they do not do the ministry physically, their funds have made it possible, making them a part of his work;
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
– 3 John 1:5–8
It broadens and expands this ministry, enabling us to do more things that serve people and advance God’s kingdom in this city;
It deepens our passion for what God and His Kingdom. We put our money where our priority lies, and then our heart follows where our money goes.
Because it is an act of worship, God is more interested in the shape of our heart than the size of our gift. That means we should seek to give Joyfully, Generously and Sacrificially.
Because we are able to achieve something with our money, we have reasons to rejoice. Our money enables ministry to take place—and this means people hear the gospel, see God’s heart, and witness His power in their lives.
When Paul called the Corinthians to support his work financially, he encouraged them to mimic the generosity of their God, who has ‘distributed freely’ (2 Corinthians 9:9). The generous heart looks for an opportunity to serve, seeing not what we must sacrifice but what our resources are able to accomplish.
There is no set amount we need to give, but giving sacrificially helps us prioritise God’s eternal kingdom over temporal ‘stuff’, and deepens our sense of dependence on Him.
If you would like some help in budgeting, we have provided a free online course called God, money and me. It’s an excellent practical resource to think through a number of financial areas and how the Gospel and the Kingdom effect the way we steward our resources.
HOW TO GIVE
At Auckland Ev all our giving is done electronically.
If you are keen to support us financially, our details are below.
DIRECT DEPOSIT DETAILS
NAME: Auckland Evangelical Church Trust