We have three guidelines when we think about giving: tithe, sacrifice, and responsibility. The tithe guideline points us to believers who were required to give a tenth of their income to the church in the Old Testament. The New Testament doesn't specify a tithe, but we have greater responsibility for generosity this side of the cross. The tithe for us is a minimum. The Macedonian Christians demonstrate sacrifice. The Bible says "they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their means" (2 Corinthians 8:3). The responsibility guideline means balance, in Acts 11:29 Christians give "according to their ability." Planning is necessary for Christians in order to give responsibly.
More important than that we give, is why we give. Giving must be a joyful response to God's grace! Paul put it this way: "I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 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 Corinthians 8:8-9). What a test! Paul says the difference between giving to gain favor with God and true Christianity is that a Christian wants to give as generously as he or she received. You always give effortlessly to those things that give your life meaning.
Investing in Missio Dei is strategic, wise, and far reaching. Strategic because this area is in dire need for the gospel of grace. Wise because God has done a great work through Missio Dei since 2007 as lives have been changed. Far Reaching because when you impact this area, you impact the world. As the place where you have the greatest personal accountability and commitment, and as the place that is feeding and equipping you, we ask you to invest in Missio Dei Church, making it your priority in giving.
Missio Dei Church is pleased to offer several convenient giving methods. Consider taking advantage of one of these easy giving options as you tithe and contribute:
1. Online Giving
This safe and flexible option is the easiest way to give at MDC! Here you can easily manage your giving amount and specify where the funds should be applied. Give Online through Realm
2. Giving Options
For your convenience, offering envelopes are available at gathered worship for tithing and contributions. Simply place cash or checks (payable to Missio Dei Church) in one of these envelopes and put it in the offering basket during our gathered worship time, or mail it to Missio Dei Church.
Missio Dei Church
P.O. Box 92
Manhattan, IL 60442