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An offering is something that we freely give to God in response to his generosity and grace as an act of worship and stewardship.

How To Give

 Online

Use your credit card, debit card, or bank account to give online. You can also set up a recurring gift. No account is required.

 SMS

Simply text the amount you would like to give to 84321 to set your account up. Once you set your account up, giving by text takes 10 seconds.

 In Person

Drop your offering in the offering box at a church gathering. (Use an offering envelope for a tax deductible receipt at the end of the year.) Please make checks out to Trinity Cambridge Church.

 By Mail

You can mail a check, made out to Trinity Cambridge Church, to P.O. Box 410171 Cambridge, MA 02141. For information on how to give stock, securities, or other non-cash donations to our church, contact hello@trinitycambridge.com

Why Give?

In Christ’s death and resurrection, we find the ultimate expression of God’s grace and generosity. Therefore, Christians have far greater reasons than the saints of old to give, “for [we] know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for [our] sake he became poor, so that [we] by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). The recognition of God’s grace in Christ produces an “abundance of joy” that “overflow[s] in a wealth of generosity” (2 Cor. 8:2).

Worship

Before Christ, God’s people were commanded to tithe, which means to give one-tenth of their income. By tithing to God, they recognized God’s kingship and rule over them. As Matthew 6:24 puts starkly, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” When we give to God, we similarly acknowledge Him as our Lord.

They also brought to God the firstfruits of their produce and livestock–the first fruits, not the last remaining fruits. Likewise, we do not offer what is expendable to us, but what is precious to us. Jesus taught that “where [our] treasure is, there [our] heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Our hearts follow our treasures. Therefore, giving is an essential act of worship that ensures that our desires, priorities, and commitments reflect the heart of God.

Stewardship

The psalmist exclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1). Offering is a small and partial acknowledgement of this reality that everything we have is a gift from the Lord. We are not, ultimately, owners, but stewards of God’s wealth. We give to God out of what is His, and therefore, as we give, we express our faith that he who first gave can give again to meet all our needs (Phil. 4:19).

This is why 1 Timothy 6:17-19 teaches us not to set our hope on the “uncertainty of riches,” but on the certainty of the “God, who richly provides,” so that we can “be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” The Bible draws a clear line between the use of earthly wealth and eternal rewards, and Jesus calls us to use our temporal means to acquire heavenly riches (Luke 16:1-13). To those who are faithful stewards of the riches of earth, God will entrust the riches of heaven.

How Much Should I Give?

Some people ask, how much are we required to give? But the question betrays a “minimum requirement” mentality that is incongruous with God’s lavish grace and generosity toward us. Instead of asking how much we ought to give, we should ask how we can order our affairs so that we get to give more. Christians give freely, joyfully, faithfully, and generously, not because we must, but because we love our Savior. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).

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