Serving at Christ Church Waterfall
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Phil 2:3-7
The Lord Jesus made it very clear that one of the defining marks of the Christian life is serving others. Indeed, his death is the ultimate example of service: he gave his life so that guilty sinners could go free.
Service of one another is not then out of a sense of guilt, or even duty. We certainly don’t serve in order to raise our profile or prove anything to others. Rather, we serve because we have a loving, compassionate Saviour who died for us and who called us to follow him in this way. We serve because we have been saved into God’s new community, the church. We serve because we have each been given gifts that can be used to build up the church.
Giving to the gospel work at Christ Church Waterfall
Why we give
The main thing to remember, when it comes to any kind of Christian giving, is just how much God has given us! If you are trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, then you have received an enormous gift of grace. This grace cost us nothing, and yet it came at the highest price imaginable. It cost God the death of his only Son, to restore the relationship we had broken. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor 8v9) So, it’s in response to this gift from God that we gratefully give back to him.
Then, if we truly understand this gospel, we will generously give as much as we can. Paul, again commending these early Christians, wrote: “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”(2 Cor 8v2) Like the poor widow who gave her two copper coins (see Mark 12v41-44), these Christians gave generously, even during times of difficulty. They understood that they had been beneficiaries of the world’s greatest demonstration of generosity – the cross of Christ.
We are also called to give sacrificially. That is, we give beyond that point of comfort. Look at the example set for us: “For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”(2 Cor 8v3-4) What a thought! These Christians pleaded with Paul to give their money away. For them, giving to the gospel cause was a privilege and a way of expressing their partnership in Paul’s gospel work.
So, these are three important principles of Christian giving: Christians are called to give gratefully, generously and sacrificially.
How to give
The most helpful way to give is in a regular committed way, such as a standing order. These can be set up via internet banking or at your local bank branch (see the church banking details below). Alternatively, you could make use of the collection boxes on the way out of church or the collection bags.
It’s worth pointing out some of the real advantages involved with standing order giving, over and against putting cash/cheques into the collection bags:
– It saves the church money in making deposits and it saves you money in bank charges associated with cash withdrawals /cheques.
– It’s safer than carrying cash around.
– It often helps people to prayerfully consider what they would like to give and then act on that in private.
Once-Off Gifts or “Thank Offerings”
If you wish to make a one-off donation or “thank offering” to the work of Christ Church Waterfall, this can be done by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) via internet banking, using the banking details below. Alternatively, you could send a cheque (payable to “Christ Church Waterfall”) to the Church Office, for the attention of our Treasurer.
Over the years, a number of people have generously remembered the work of Christ Church Waterfall through legacies in their wills. If you would like information on how this may be done, please contact the church office.
For more information about how you can support Gospel work at Christ Church Waterfall, please contact the church office.
CCW BANKING DETAILS
Bank: Standard Bank, Hillcrest
Acc Name: Christ Church Waterfall
Branch Code: 045726
Acc No: 052009696