THE WHAT & THE WHY
"Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
“Giving offerings to God is awesome!”
Why might someone think and believe that? Why should we think and believe that? I guess the first question to answer is, “What do we mean by ‘offerings?’”
Offerings aren’t restricted to just our treasures—our money. Offerings include our treasures, our time, our talents, and our temple (body) (Ps 90:12; Ecc 3:1; Rom 12:1; Rom 12:3–8; Gal 6:7–9; Col 3:23–24; Col 4:5; 1 Pet 4:10–11).
God works through all our offerings—our treasures, time, talents, and temple—for the good purpose of his will (Matt 5:16; John 15:5, 16; 1 Cor 12:4–6; 2 Cor 5:20; Eph 2:10; Phil 2:13). What is his will? Bringing his Word to all people for the salvation and hope found in Christ alone (Ezek 33:11; Matt 28:17–20; John 3:16–17; John 6:37–40; Col 4:3–4; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9). This is what our mission and ministry is about at St. John’s. This is what God is accomplishing through all our offerings—our treasures, time, talents, and temple. Because of this, our work and offerings are all acceptable in Christ (1 Pet 2:5).
It was once put this way: Giving offerings to God is like me taking my bucket of water—my treasures, time, talents, and temple—and joyfully throwing them back up God’s waterfall of blessings.
What we throw up to God in thanksgiving and praise (Ps 96:8; 1 Cor 10:31; Heb 13:15), he rains down back on us as an abundance of blessings (Prov 18:16; Mal 3:10; 2 Cor 9:8; Rom 8:32): Blessings we’re aware of and not aware of; Blessings that are expected and unexpected; Blessings that are immediate and still yet to come; Blessings we receive to put to work and receive to give to others. They are all blessings downpouring on us from our Heavenly Father (James 1:17–18) so he can continue his work to bring his Word to all people for the salvation and hope found in his Son alone, our Savior alone, Christ alone.
When we think about offerings in this way, well…we can’t help but think and believe, “Giving offerings to God is awesome!”
So, as we think about our offerings with our treasures—our money—what now?
Our response and motivation to love our God is rooted in his love for us first.
1 John 4:9–10, 19; 2 Cor 5:14–15, 17–21; 2 Cor 8:9
Both who we are and what we have in Christ is our greatest wealth and comfort that will endure forever.
Luke 10:20; John 3:16; John 4:13–14; Rom 8:16–17; Rom 8:31–39; Rom 14:7–9; 2 Cor 8:9; Gal 3:26–29; Col 1:12–14; Col 3:24; Phil 1:21; Phil 3:7–9; 1 Pet 1:3–7; 1 Pet 2:9–10; 1 John 3:1–3; Rev 3:5; Rev 21:6–7
In our hearts what we cheerfully and willingly want to give to our God.
2 Cor 9:7
No matter how little or much we have, we can be generous and unashamed knowing our willingness to give to our God is acceptable in Christ.
1 Kings 9:1–3; Mark 12:41–44; Mark 14:3–9; Matt 27:57–61; 2 Cor 8:12; 1 Tim 6:17–19; 1 Pet 2:5
God will bless us and all that we give.
Prov 18:16; Mal 3:10; Luke 12:22–34; Rom 8:31–32; 1 Cor 15:58; 2 Cor 9:8; 1 Tim 6:17
As we consider giving offerings with our treasures—our money—we join together in pursuing this beautiful opportunity for our faith: (1) To build up God’s flock and family with his gospel; (2) To reach out to all people with God’s truth and hope in Christ.
How Can I Give Online?
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You can give online by clicking any of the “Give Now” buttons on this page. You can also download the Tithely giving app where you will be able to find “St. John’s on The Hillside” and give that way.
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Thank you for your gifts and offerings—all of which God is working through for our mission and ministry here at St. John’s in Hillside, Milwaukee, and beyond.
We thank you for…
…which God has all given to you in Christ that all support the work we carry out in his name at St. John’s.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”
2 Corinthians 9:12-13
God bless you and keep you!
The Giving Spotlight highlights areas and organizations where our offerings are making an impact. We'll also occasionally highlight new opportunities to gather special offerings.
Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School
St. John’s has decided, starting this year 2023 and moving forward, to support Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School.
Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School began because of an incredible opportunity gap for young men in the City of Milwaukee. There existed very few seats at area Lutheran high schools and a scarcity of seats at other high performing private and public high schools. For instance, Wisconsin Lutheran High School had a waiting list of several hundred students who would be turned away. Milwaukee Lutheran’s situation was similar. The numbers grew every year.
There were also growing concerns for the state of the boys. Thousands of young men were not equipped to succeed in life. With the proper level of intentional support, resources, and Biblical training, however, these young men would be empowered to break the cycle of poverty and blaze new productive trails for future generations. Boys are men in training, and an intentional effort needed to be made to address the growing lack of commitment to strong roles of fatherhood, marriage, and Biblical masculinity today.
The mission of Kingdom Prep is: Building a brotherhood in Christ for lives of purpose.
St. John’s is proud to support God’s work at and through Kingdom Prep! God bless all the brothers and sisters at Kingdom Prep in their studies, work, and efforts!