Giving at Seabreeze
Ways to give:
1. Give Online
You can make a one-time donation or schedule recurring gifts that are set up through online giving.
2. This Weekend
You can drop your gift in the offering basket during the weekend service.
Why do we give?
The heart (what we love) and money are tied together. If we let our hearts decide where all our money should go, we will end up loving and treasuring what can rust, decay, or be taken from us. But if we actively choose to love and trust God, we can invest our money in what will endure in heaven. Then we will end up with a treasure that can never be taken from us.
How much money does it take to move a heart? $1? $100? $1,000? Instead of an amount Jesus gave us a word - treasure. Treasure level giving is needed to move the heart. There are two indicators of treasure level giving.
2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give…" Notice that it’s "decided in your heart to give", not feel in your heart. You shouldn't give out of emotion. It should be a clear, thoughtful decision about what to give. Treasure level giving occurs when we decide to give and keep giving regardless of the emotions.
What percentage would keep our hearts moving toward God over time? If you ask us we’ll always shoot low because we want to keep as much of our money as we can. So God gives us a number. 10%. It’s called a tithe which means tenth (Leviticus 27:30). God and money are the top contenders for first place in our hearts (Luke 16:13). Money usually wins because we can easily see it and what it does for us. In order to give 10% you have to come to the conclusion that God is as real as what you can see. You have to trust God to provide. God actually gave us permission to test Him in this (Malachi 3:10). Trust God with the first 10% of your income and keep track of how God provides for and blesses you.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)