What are you asking me to do?

We are asking you to pray and seek God for how he wants you to respond. Prepare your heart to hear him, and then listen to what he says. Connect to a Community Group if you are not already part of one. Talk with your spouse and your family about what this commitment will mean for this next season. Respond to the generosity of the gospel by giving extravagantly for the progress of the gospel in our church family, the Triad, and around the world.

What if I’m new here?

We’re excited that you are considering partnering with us! The local church is God’s “plan A” for conforming families to the image of Christ, reaching our community, and bringing the gospel to the nations. The Together Initiative is a great time and a great way to identify with us and say, “I am all-in for the gospel!” Be sure to check out how you can get connected to Mercy Hill Church by going to a Weekender.

What if I’ve never given to Mercy Hill before?

If you have never given financially to the Mercy Hill, Together is for you! Together is a “one-fund” generosity initiative. It is different from a traditional capital campaign where you are asked to give an extra gift “over and above” your regular giving. Rather, Together recognizes that everyone in the church is called to give generously and sacrificially. Together is not merely for “super givers”; it is for all of us. It is a call to radical generosity for everyone at Mercy Hill. If you have never given before, this is your chance to join us with a joyful and sacrificial commitment. Find out more about giving at Mercy Hill Church on our Give page.

What if I’m a college student?

God has blessed Mercy Hill by allowing us to invest in the lives of college students here in the Triad. Although college students are notorious for living on tight budgets, the college years are an ideal time to develop a kingdom-focused plan in the areas of personal budgeting and generous giving. This is a time when students from all the colleges and universities represented at Mercy Hill should join forces and go all-in by giving generously to help us see the gospel go forth.

What if I don’t have a job right now? What does that mean for my Together commitment?

Together is about your total, radical, sacrificial generosity for the advance of the gospel. God knows our every need, and Mercy Hill wants to help meet the needs both in our church and our community. If you do not have a job and are actively seeking one, we’d love for you to share this with your campus pastor so that our team of elders can be praying for you. Also, consider connecting to a Community Group, where you will find a community of people who are ready to encourage you and pray with you. Our hope is that you will be able to find a job so that you can be engaged in all that God has for you.

How much is enough?

Knowing that we should give can be easy, but knowing how much to give presents a greater challenge. God has always had his people give the “firstfruits” of his provision back to him. Throughout the Old Testament, this took the form of the tithe. Approximately 400 years before the Law was given, both Abraham and Jacob offered the Lord a tithe of everything that he had given to them. The word “tithe” simply means “a tenth.” In response to the provision and the promise of God, these heroes of the faith offered the Lord not merely a tenth of their income but a tenth of everything God had given to them.

The Law codifies the principle of giving a tithe, but it also makes provision for peace offerings and freewill offerings to the Lord. Even the Law encouraged the people of God to exceed the minimum requirements of the Law!

Christ fulfilled the promise of the Law. This does not give us an excuse for no longer giving a tenth; rather, it should motivate us to give in grateful response to God. He keeps his promise and allows us the joy of being a part of his plan for meeting the needs of his people. In Acts, the church did not allow a legalistic reading of the tithe to limit their generosity. Instead, they saw the immense needs among the body of Christ and gave accordingly.

In short, “firstfruit giving” is a universal biblical principle. The tithe is a good place to start for many believers, but it is not a good place to stay. The principle that guides us as we give is this: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV).

The King of Kings left heaven to give his life. So, how then shall we give?

Why do churches talk about money, finances, and giving so much?

Jesus spoke more about money than he did about heaven and hell combined. People take different spiritual steps at different times. Some people begin praying before they attend church. Others go to a Community Group before they begin talking to God in prayer. Giving is a critical spiritual step, and it comes at different times for different people. Like all other spiritual disciplines, giving draws us closer to God, and God expects that faithful followers of Christ will be joyful and generous givers. Paul is so concerned about our tendency to separate our giving from our living of the Christian life that he admonishes us to excel in the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7). Giving is an essential part of the Christian life.

The church mentions money frequently because money is a frequent area of spiritual attack. The enemy wants to rob the church of the joy of giving and allow the church to excuse its failure to give. He does this because a church that gives generously is a church that knows the joy of the Lord and is impacting its community. We refuse to believe the lie that we can be devoted followers of Christ while we are stingy with God’s resources.

Jesus tells us, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). The questions God is calling us to consider are, “Do you really love Christ and his gospel?” “What is Christ worth?” and “How much do you long for the progress of the gospel?” According to Jesus, your answers to these questions are found in where you place your treasure. What does your treasure say about your heart for Christ and his gospel?