At St. John Church we believe that living a generous life is the key to a full life. Everything we believe about giving and generosity stems from 4 main points:
1 | Generosity is the heart of God.
He was the first, most generous giver, as evidenced by his gift of the world to us at creation and then by the gift of His son Jesus on the cross.
2 | Generosity is God’s plan for everyone.
God intends giving for all people, not just those who have been materially blessed, because it is a way by which we can grow in faith.
3 | Generosity through tithing is a best practice on our LIFEjourney.
Tithe literally means one-tenth and historically represented the first and best. Honoring God with the first and best of what we have serves as a great guideline for giving.
4 | Generosity is about what God wants for you, not from you.
God doesn’t need our gifts, but He wants us to have the full life that comes from living generously. When we honor God with our giving and faith, He promises a full life of blessings that are spiritual and material.
We are all stewards of what He’s given us and we want to manage it for His glory
We give as a joyful response to God’s grace to us
We believe in the blessing of the tithe (one-tenth) as a spiritual best practice
God wants great things FOR us, not just FROM us
The bible is filled with many references to giving and money. It’s clearly an area where we struggle and God in His wisdom has given us a great plan. If we honor Him through our giving and faith, God promises to reward us and take care of our needs. While He promises a full life of blessings for us, that doesn’t necessarily mean more money and possessions.
We offer small group curriculum on a variety of topics related to generosity, giving and financial management for adults, children and youth. Email Julie for more information or call her at 636.779.2343.
Financial Peace University
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) course has helped hundreds of people at St. John take control of their finances by decreasing debt, increasing savings, and planning for the future from a biblical perspective. This 9-week video based class is offered twice a year in January and August.
Fields of Gold, by Andy Stanley
The Genius of Generosity, by Chip Ingram
Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey
The New Master Your Money, by Ron Blue
The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn