Our Greatest Treasure
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Why We Give
At Cornerstone, Jesus is our greatest treasure! It's our desire to leverage the time, talents, and treasures the Lord has given us to help others treasure Christ also. Each day we ask God for help to trust Him and His provision, instead of our own self-sufficiency, so that we might be generous stewards of all that He has entrusted to us.
What We Give
We invest in people. People with needs can receive our best gift: time. Taking time to pray with them, listening to them, and serving them are the simplest expressions of being Jesus to them. Our church has many opportunities give of our time. We call it ministry. (1 Corinthians 16:15-16, Ephesians 5:15-16)
Ministry allows us to exercise the talents that God has given to each of us. Paul tells an individual, "... Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it." (Colossians 4:17)
Good things happen when we use our talents for serving. There is a lot of diversity in ministry because every person comes with different needs, experiences, and circumstances. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
When we give it reflects the character of God Himself.
“For God so loved the world He gave His only Son …” (John 3:16). God is defined in the Bible as love. Giving is an expression of that love. “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
When we give, it grows our trust in God.
Nothing strengthens our faith like giving when we don’t know how we can afford to do so. Trust in God’s provision grows as our trust is stretched through giving.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” (Proverbs 3:9)
When we give, it reveals our spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity is about growth.
“But just as you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness ... see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Corinthians 8:7)