Loving God and Loving Others with my Finances.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-9 ESV)
God through His Son has greatly blessed us and therefore we joyfully seek to bless others. Giving our tithes and offerings is a way for us to tangibly communicate our love for Christ (we follow His example of sacrificial giving) and our love for others (donations support the cause of Christ both here and abroad).
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Giving - Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Give?
Offerings are collected during the Sunday morning and evening worship services and also during the Wednesday night prayer service.
U.S. Mail to Hampton Park Baptist Church
875 State Park Road
Greenville SC 29609
Online giving is accessible by clicking here.
Why Should I Give?
The standard for giving under the Old Testament law was the tithe. Accordingly, each God-follower was expected to give 10% of all he owned to God (Leviticus 27:30-33; Malachi 3:8; Luke 18:11-12). Christ, in fulfilling, all the requirements of the law, nullified the tithe requirement (Matthew 5:17). So now, we who are in Christ, give not under obligation, but out of gratitude for what Christ’s work on the cross has accomplished for us.
The ten percent tithe is still a helpful target for the believer’s giving. There are no verses in the New Testament that require a believer to tithe, yet there are verses that suggest guidelines for giving.
Christ-followers should give regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2), privately (Matthew 6:3-4), proportionally (2 Corinthians 8:11-13), generously (2 Corinthians 9:6), and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
How Should I Start Giving?
Start giving regularly: Each Sunday we gather together to worship God with His people, so you could bring your gift with you and worship God as you place it in the offering plate.
If you’d rather, you could practice faithful giving by using the online donation option during the week. As the plate is passed each Sunday, you joyfully worship God as you are reminded that you have given online. Go here to set up an account and start giving online.
Be a percentage giver: The Bible refers to people joyfully giving tithes (traditionally 10% of your income) and offerings (over and above your tithe). If you’ve never given before, start low, work your way up and give something regularly. If you’re already tithing, stay the course and watch God honor your sacrifice. Pray that He would grow your faith and He would enable you to give more.
Make a year-end gift: Special one-time, year-end gifts can be symbolic response of a renewed focus and commitment. This faithful act changes the giver from the inside out. Split your holiday budget between buying presents and making a special offering.
Pray through these probing questions:
- Am I giving in light of God’s gracious gift of Christ to me?
- What am I doing to disciple my family about the joy of generosity?
- What do my giving habits reveal about my view of God’s giving habits?
- What’s one thing I can do today to live with a generous heart?
- Where have I seen the generosity of others directly affect my life?
- Are there areas of my life where I hold onto money and give it more importance than it deserves?
Online Giving - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is online giving?
Online giving is the ability to give a donation or schedule a series of donations using your debit or credit card or your bank account on HamptonPark.org.
Q. Is it secure?
All debit or credit card information you enter and store for online giving is secured by SecureNet. No one has access to your data unless authorized by you.
Q. Are there any hidden charges or fees to give online?
No. You select the dollar amount for your gift. That is the dollar amount that will be recognized as your donation. No costs or fees.
Q. Nothing happens when I click ‘Give Online’. What’s wrong?
If you are using a pop-up blocker like Google Toolbar, Norton Internet Security or Pop-Up Stopper, the window can’t open. Most browsers also have an internal popup blocker that can be enabled or disabled.
Q. Can I use my debit card or credit card?
As long as it's a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.
Q. If we want to help people get out of debt, why do we accept credit card donations?
Used within the parameters, debit and credit cards can be an efficient tool for payments and purchases. Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash throughout the month, and then pay off the balance in full. For these people, we offer the option of using a debit or credit card to give. We strongly discourage those who have ongoing credit card debt from exercising this option.
Q. How should I tithe if my income varies from pay period to pay period?
Consider what is more feasible for your situation, you can handle tithing with a fluctuating income in a couple of different ways. Some people choose to give exactly one-tenth of their earnings for each individual pay-period. Others estimate their total earnings for the year and give a portion of the total tithe each week or month throughout the year.
Q. Should I tithe off my gross earnings or the net amount of my paycheck?
Scripture doesn’t use the literal terms “net” or “gross”. It’s more important to note that the spirit in which we give is of greatest value to God. In 2 Corinthians 9, God tells us that “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
Q. How can I keep a record of the amount I have contributed?
Giving Statements are emailed to you quarterly for your convenience.
Q. How do I participate in the weekly offering if my contribution is automatically processed online?
You can still participate in the offering during the service by thanking God for the opportunity to give and by reflecting on the message of the song that is being presented.
Q. Can my contributions lower my tax bill?
Often times your contributions can lower your tax bill. Visit www.IRS.gov and read a very helpful article entitled, Eight Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions.
Q. Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
Contact the Accounting Team at 864.232.5691, or firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.