The churches of Macedonia were models of generosity in giving, even though they were poor. They gladly gave out of gratitude toward God and love for each other (2 Corinthians 8 and 9; see especially 8:4, 9). Paul reminds us of Jesus’ teaching that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Very often Jesus spoke of the stewardship of His people in terms of money (see Luke 16:1-13). Our faithfulness as stewards in this “little thing” of money has a bearing on what other (and greater) responsibilities we will be given (see Luke 16:9-12).
The Old Testament worshipers could only approach God in worship with a sacrifice, and this sacrifice was a contribution, whether whole or in part. In the New Testament, contributions were also described as sacrifices offered up in worship (see Hebrews 9:1-10; 10:1-25; 13:10-16).
Jesus encouraged believers to give in order to “lay up treasure in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21). Investing earthly money in the advancement of the kingdom of God is one way in which we can lay up spiritual treasure in heaven (see Luke 16:1-13).
If you want to give or need to pay for a course, camp or other Eastside event, you have the following options:
Eastside Community Church
Standard Bank Menlyn
Ref: [Event] [YourName]