God created the Earth and everything in it, including us (Gen 1), and therefore everything is his. This eternal truth must drive how we approach every aspect of our lives, including finances. We strive to use what God has given us in ways that honor him, trusting that when we do so our lives will work better because we are operating more in line with how we were created. Also, the Bible teaches that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). We recognize all the good things that God has done for us, and in gratitude we give out of the resources that he has entrusted to us.
Giving is an invitation to trust God.
Giving demonstrates our trust in God as our provider and is a way to know Him more. When it comes to giving in the Bible, the precedent is a tithe. Tithing is giving God the first 10% of our income through the local church. The tithe is established in the Old Testament before the law is given(Gen 14:20, Gen 28:20-22, Deut 26:1-2, 2 Chr 31:4-5), and it is reaffirmed by Jesus (Luke 11:42). Why give the tithe to the local church? The examples we have in scripture are of tithe money supporting the work of the local faith community, and in our context that equals the local church. The tithe applies to any income level. With the tithe comes a promise of blessing from God (Mal 3:10). This promise doesn’t always mean we will be blessed financially, but it does always mean we will see more of God in our lives. Christians can genuinely debate whether the tithe is mandatory today, but what is not up for debate is Jesus’ call for all of his followers to go above and beyond norms to financially sacrifice for others (Matt 19:16-30), and the tithe is an excellent starting point with a strong biblical precedent.
Growth can take time.
Many give to CedarCreek because they appreciate the ministry and want to participate. We celebrate that as a good starting point, but if a person only gives because they love CedarCreek, we have failed. Instead, the primary motivations for giving should be love for God, obedience to God and trust in God. We understand that some people who are just starting to give financially may not be able to tithe right away. However, we believe it honors God to build toward the biblical precedent. We seek to meet people where they are, and we will do all we can to teach and encourage people throughout the journey, even if it takes time (Luke 19:1-10). Not only do we offer spiritual training, but we also offer groups like Financial Peace University to help people get better with their personal finances. Finally, Jesus frequently calls his followers to dedicate most or all of their resources to his work, and as one grows closer to Jesus, this often leads to giving above the tithe. For those who want to do this, we encourage them to join our Legacy Team, which uses the spiritual gift of giving to fulfill their kingdom purpose through the local church.
Simple, safe, and secure. Give a one-time gift, or schedule ongoing donations using your checking account, debit, or credit card. If you have any questions, please email Giving@CedarCreek.tv.
We have giving boxes in all of our Campus auditoriums and giving kiosks in all of our Campus lobbies for your convenience during the weekend service. If you would like to discuss Planned Giving strategies, including estate planning, wills, real-estate, IRAs, etc. or if you have any other questions, please contact us below.
We know it may not be easy to participate financially if you don’t know where the funds are going. We offer an open-book policy with our finances. We voluntarily submit to a third-party audit yearly, have strict regulations on how funds are handled, and our financial board is comprised of local leaders in our community who are not compensated by the church. On top of that, our budget is voted on yearly by the members of the church! Integrity is crucial to our operations. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us below.