God doesn’t want something from you; He wants something for you.
We believe the top competitor for our devotion to Jesus is money (Matthew 6:24). Giving allows us to demonstrate that He is more important to us than material things. When we live open handed, trusting God with our money, we know that He will bless our finances. (Proverbs 3:9-10 and Malachi 3:10-12). We think Christians should be the most generous people (2 Corinthians 9:6) on earth to support worthy causes, and there is no organization with more potential to change the world than the local church (Ephesians 3:10)!
Automate Your Giving
When Scripture refers to generosity, it uses the idea of giving our “first fruits.” Simply put, this idea means that if something is important, we should do it first. We do it with our savings, we do it with our monthly bills, and Jesus invites us to do it with our generosity as well! When you automate your giving, you are being intentional about being generous. It’s a spiritual decision that will help you grow in your faith.
What is Tithing?
A tithe- which just means “tenth”- is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that is to be given back to the local church. Tithing is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible. When we tithe, we are expressing worship in a tangible way by putting God first in our lives.
Bringing our tithes is an opportunity for us to give God our thanks, show God we trust Him, and fight against greed in our hearts, while becoming a part of the most important work in life that is spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ!
If you would like to read more about what the Bible has to say about tithing, check out these passages:
Text To Give
Text to Give is an amazing new technology that enables you to securely text gifts to Oakbrook Church with your smartphone. It’s easy.
- Text any amount (I.E. 10 or $10 or 10.00) to 765-626-3200
- You’ll receive a reply link and can securely tie a credit/debit card to your phone number. After the 1-time set up, in the future you can simply text an amount to Oakbrook’s unique number.
JOIN OUR ONLINE GIVING TEAM
We know that for some, developing a heart of generosity can take time. That’s why to help you take that first step, we developed the Online Giving Team. Simply start by automating any gift amount regularly.
We believe that once you commit to make that small consistent sacrifice, you will begin to build the foundation that will help you grow in this area of your faith. This is only the beginning of the journey toward becoming a generous person with your finances and in your life!
HOW TO MAKE A BUDGET
YOU NEED A PLAN.
Budgeting is all about having a plan for how you use the resources God has given you. These tools are extremely beneficial for people of all ages (from teenagers to senior adults). Whether you are struggling with your money or you’re interested in learning ways to manage your money better, we would love to help! Managing your money wisely is a way you can honor God.
If you have specific questions about budgeting, consider ONE-ON-ONE Coaching, or send us an email. We are here to help!
GET STARTED WITH YOUR BUDGET
Gather your paperwork. Stuff like bills, loans, receipts, expenses (cell phones, entertainment, cable, etc.) and paycheck stubs.
Set a date. Plan a time with your spouse (if applicable) in a distraction-free environment to tackle your budget together. Bring a calculator!
Fill out the forms. Download both of these forms, or just use one, whatever works for you!
At Oakbrook we love helping people discover how they can begin to live open handed with their money and leverage it for something bigger than themselves.
We offer free, confidential, one-on-one Financial Coaching. You do not need to be an attender of Oakbrook to meet with one of our trained Financial Coaches. We are here to help you learn how to gain control of your personal finances.
In Financial Coaching, you will learn Biblically-based money management principles and techniques in a private, confidential environment designed to give you practical assistance.
If you have questions before scheduling an appointment, email us or call us at 765-455-1100.