How should I give?
When you give to Mercy Hill, you are supporting the mission God has given us as a church in Christ to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, the United States and the world! Financially supporting Mercy Hill is not the same as paying monthly dues to the gym or an annual subscription to Amazon Prime, that's a transaction. A transaction is where you pay an agreed amount of money to reap a benefit of equal worth. The difference between an annual membership at Sams and financially supporting Mercy Hill is that one is a transaction about you and the other is a gift about God and the mission He has given His church.
When you give of your money, you should pray for all the different ways those finances are going to be used to impact the spread of the gospel and the discipleship of the church. In short, if you give a lot of dollars to the mission of God but few prayers, no amount of money will make much of an impact.
Jesus said, "When you give to the needy do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your father who sees in secret will reward you." If your motivation in giving is so that other people see how generous you are, you will miss out on the greater reward that comes from God later. (Matthew 6)
We could point to more than a dozen passages in the Bible that talk about giving generously but one that is more relevant than any other is John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." It is only because of the incredible generosity of our God that we can experience new life in Christ.
Jesus once observed two people giving money to the church. A rich man who gave a large sum and a poor widow who gave two pennies. Here was his reaction: "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." God loves it when we give sacrificially because it says something not about the position of our finances but our hearts. It takes faith to give sacrificially. (Luke 21)
2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." Time and time again the Bible makes clear that giving money is not about the amounts and percentages, but the heart behind the hand.