One of the most sensitive issues in the church is the topic of money
and its proper use. In a church like Atlee, which strives to be “seeker
sensitive,” the careful discussion and handling of finances takes on
even greater importance.
As we study financial principles in scripture, we conclude that
properly understood and applied, these principles will have a major
influence in increasing our faith and vision as Christians. Our
approach to handling money can influence unbelievers we are attempting
to reach with the message of Christ. Therefore, despite the discomfort
we may experience in discussing and making financial decisions, we feel
it is important to communicate what our church believes about Christian
stewardship as straightforwardly as possible.
What the Bible says about giving
God’s desire for us is to give because we want to as a response of love and gratitude— not out of a sense of obligation.
2 Corinthians 8:7-9 // 2 Corinthians 9:7 // Acts 5:4
We should give to honor God, not ourselves.
Acts 4:34-36 // Acts 5:1-10
When we give generously, we motivate others to do the same.
2 Corinthians 9:2,11
We should set aside part of our income as we are paid in order to systematically give to God’s work.
1 Corinthians 16:2 // 2 Corinthians 9:5
When we put God first in all areas, He promises to meet our material
needs. If we get off track, God sometimes allows difficult
circumstances to steer us back.
Matthew 6:33 // 2 Corinthians 9:8 // Acts 8: 1-3
What Atlee says about giving
We believe God’s promise to meet our individual needs applies to the church as well.
When Atlee has a need, we will tell you about it — open and above board.
Philippians 4:11 // Philemon 14, 18, 19
Church leaders must be trustworthy with financial matters and generous in their giving.
1 Timothy 3:2-3, 8 // Titus 1:6, 8
If you would like to know what we are doing with church
expenditures, please ask. We maintain open records available for review