You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
In giving or tithing to Bethel you are honoring God and putting Him first in what He has given you. You are also partnering with Bethel in our vision to Reach, Connect, Grow and Send. If you have questions about giving, take a minute to view our frequently asked questions below. Whether you’d like to give your tithe, a one-time gift or schedule ongoing donations, you can do it all online. It’s quick, easy, and secure. By clicking the button below you can give online by using your debit card, credit card or checking account, whichever is most convenient for you.
We have made online giving available for the convenience of those that want to use it. However, you can also give during the offering time of our Sunday morning service. You can find answers below to any questions you may have about online giving.
Giving and Tithing Questions
We recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell, or prayer. In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also… No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” In Luke 6:38 He says, “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.”
Giving is a privilege. The storehouse spoken of in Malachi is what we consider the local church. By partnering our monies together, God’s work is done more effectively. Even Paul recognized this in the newly formed churches of the New Testament. He tells the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”
As Christ Followers, we believe that we are to follow God’s command regarding tithing. “Tithe” means “tenth” or 10 percent. Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” In Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
Bethel believes that we are mere stewards of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God’s to God (and He lets us keep the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness.
A tithe is giving the first 10% of your gross income as defined by Malachi 3:10. An offering is given above and beyond the tithe.
God provides for Bethel through the tithes and offerings of members and attendees.
Yes. Bethel’s budget supports contributions to international and local missions as well as benevolence. Any giving designated as “Missions” will be spent directly on world and local mission expenditures.
Yes. A monthly and annual report is made available each month at our welcome center or you can contact our church office for a copy.
Yes. Giving statements are mailed annually at the beginning of the year. Also, all of your online contributions can be viewed using your online giving account at Bethel.
Online Giving Questions
All of your giving data is secured by SSL encryption. SSL is an acronym for “Secure Socket Layer”, a security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. It’s the same technology used by banks and e-commerce companies to keep your information safe and secure during transactions.
Yes, you can specify whether you want your contributions made one-time, monthly, twice per month or weekly. We have lots of options.
You can edit or delete a scheduled contribution at any time, including the credit card, date, frequency and amount.
Contact the church office and we’ll be glad to answer any other questions you may have.