There are needs all around us, and there are plenty of credible places to give. In fact, you might think the local church is just another one of them. However, we at Hillside believe our giving isn't just about money or some kind of humanitarian effort. We believe giving is an act of worship.
God instructs, through the Bible, to give regularly, generously and sacrificially out of all that He gives us-all as part of our worship of Him. What an appropriate response to who He is and all He has done. It's an expression of gratitude, obedience and reverence.
But, why give money to the church? Because it's "the right thing to do?" or, it's a good tax write off? God needs it? The church expects it?
Well, to put it simply, it's a Biblical principle that will impact your life.
What we do with what we have directs our heart. The Church is His plan, through Jesus, to reconcile the world to Himself. To bring healing through relationships, and to support and encourage one another. We give to advance the gospel and the Kingdom of God.
We give thankfully, because God is first generous towards us by His grace (Psalm 24:1-6, Romans 5:8).
We give sacrificially, because God develops our hearts as we do (Matthew 25:19-21).
We give obediently, because we are managers and not owners (Matthew 6:19-20).
We give faithfully, to participate in God's work in our neighborhoods and around the world (2 Cor. 9:6-15).
We give joyfully, as those to whom much has been given (2 Cor. 9:6-15).
Whether you're a new or longtime follower of Jesus, you're invited to join in on the adventure of a generous life.