Your Giving Matters
Scriptures teach us much about possessions and giving. In the Old Testament we find stories of those bringing their first fruits as a sacrifice and offering to the Holy God. In the New Testament, we hear from Jesus that our giving is a reflection of our hearts.
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he calls us to examine our motivation for giving:
6Remember this: the person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each person should do as he has decided in his heart-not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.
ClearView Baptist Church teaches that we are stewards of the money and possessions God provides. God is the owner of everything. Giving is our response to His Goodness, Grace and Mercy.
Why it is important to support the local church
When we see offerings and gifts received in both the Old and New Testaments, we see this pattern. Any time there was an offering taken, the funds were given in trust and for distribution by the leadership, who had the best and broadest view of the needs of those in the body. One clear statement in this regard is Acts 4:34-35:
34For there was not a needy person among them, because all those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35and laid them at the apostles’ feet. This was then distributed to each person as anyone had a need.
This is the way the early church handled its resources.
Ways you can give to ClearView
- Place your gift of cash or check in the offering plate on Sunday morning.
- Mail your check to the church:
537 Franklin Road Franklin, TN 37069
- Payroll deduction – ask your employer if this is possible for you.
- Appreciated assets. Call the finance office for more details about donating stocks, bonds or mutual funds.
- Through a planned giving vehicle. Ask your financial planner for assistance.
- Monthly bank draft;
- Online banking through your bank; or
- By debit / credit card on this website.
Please note: The electronic giving options here are simply for your convenience. ClearView does not encourage debt as a lifestyle.
A reminder from the Finance Committee:
According to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, in order to qualify as a deductible gift, the gift or contribution must be made “for the use of” a “qualified” organization.
ClearView Baptist Church is recognized as a qualified organization by the IRS and must abide by guidelines in Publication 526. Therefore, in almost all cases, ClearView Baptist Church cannot accept contributions designated to/for an individual.
It is acceptable to write a check made payable to ClearView Baptist Church with the particular ministry (i.e. Benevolence Ministry) written on the memo line of the check. However, ClearView cannot accept benevolent gifts when an individual’s name is included on the check.