The practice of giving lies right at the heart of the Christian message. What is undoubtedly the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. There are three primary ways that we can give back to God; our time, our talents and our treasures. Whilst all three are important, it’s often the last of these that we struggle with the most as we like to hold on to these.
Tithing (giving 10% of our gross income) is the primary way we give financially to God and something we encourage here at Lakeside. In Malachi 3, we are told to do this and is not only a loving and obedient response to God’s provision in our lives, but also a means of expressing our complete trust in His promise and ability to continue to meet our needs. In fact, it’s the only thing He encourages us to test Him with.
You can give to the ministry of Lakeside in a number of ways – by standing order (click here for form), by placing your tithe in the offering basket during one of our Sunday services, or through Elim’s PayThru system. You can also text in your donation by texting on your smart phone: CS023 to the number 64647
If you are a U.K. tax payer, you can make your Giving go even further at no extra cost to yourself by Gift Aiding your giving. You can complete this form and hand it to one of the pastors or to John Croucher who handles anything Gift Aid related.
Watch below to a message by Pastor Richard on the importance of tithing. Also, if you would like some help in learning how to budget properly, please let us know as we would love to support you in this area.