At Christ Community Church, we firmly believe that God is the owner of everything we have (1 Chronicles 29:11-14, Psalm 24:1-2). He has lovingly entrusted each of us with resources, but as they still ultimately belong to him, we have the obligation to manage these gifts responsibly, and in a way that supports the primary goal of advancing his kingdom (Matthew 25:14-30).
The Bible is full of passages that advise us on how to steward these resources well, and the goal of the Financial Freedom ministry is to provide resources, teaching, accountability and encouragement which help you learn and adopt these biblical principles. We hope to facilitate opportunities that allow you to overcome financial burden and worry, so that you are truly free to give generously to the Lord’s work.
We believe the biblical baseline for our investment in kingdom work is a tithe, or 10% of our income. Jesus endorsed this standard (Matthew 23:23), and the Bible actually teaches that withholding tithes from the Lord is robbing him (Malachi 3:8), since when we tithe, we are just giving back to the Lord what is already his (1 Chronicles 29:14). Learn about our church’s full position on tithing HERE.
Failure to steward our resources well can actually lead to serious problems in our lives, such as materialism choking out our spiritual life (Mark 4:18-19, 1 Timothy 6:9-10), debt enslaving us (Proverbs 22:7), and God refusing to trust us with “true riches” (Luke 16:10-11). On the other hand though, when we are wise and generous stewards, we become like our generous God (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 9:15), we spread the love and message of Christ on earth (2 Corinthians 9:8-10), and we store up treasure for ourselves in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). Learn more about stewardship through one of our church's current course offerings.