Most Christians have never been taught how to give. The problem is not apathy, but rather, ignorance. As a result, many Christians give God “left-overs,” i.e., what is left at the end of the month when all other financial obligations have been paid.
At Central Church, we are seeking to instill the principle that God is the owner of everything and that we are managers and stewards of what God has entrusted to us. Once people come face to face with that principle, they either must change their lifestyle (how they live) or their conscience (what they believe).
We also believe that giving does not begin with the movement of the hand to the wallet, purse or checkbook. Rather, as clearly taught in Exodus 25:2 and 2 Corinthians 9:7, spiritual giving begins when we give ourselves to the Lord. When that happens, our financial resources will follow, and we will practice “first-fruits” giving, i.e., giving to God first.
The primary goal of our Effective Stewardship reflections is to help people to be better stewards of all that God has entrusted to them.