It Is More Blessed to Give . . .

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of our Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

(Acts 20:35, ESV)
 
High Pointe, I thank God for your generous and faithful giving! Your generosity has allowed us to increase ministry and missions work to advance the gospel. Unfortunately, though, because of vacations and travel schedules, giving tends to decrease during the summer. So, would you join the elders in praying that the Lord would continue to allow us to be generous during the summer months? Also, would you remain faithful in your regular financial contributions during this time? Let me encourage us with three realities that our generous giving expresses.
 
Generous giving expresses our love for Christ.We don’t give to gain favor with God-that would amount to justification by works and would give us reason to boast. All our giving is an expression of a love for God that flows from a genuine trust in His promises to provide for our basic needs. All the blessings we enjoy are gifts from God: our homes, cars, families, employment, even our time (James 1:17). Our giving of such gifts to Christ is a recognition that these things have no eternal value in comparison to “the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord” (Phil 3:8). Our giving expresses that we love Christ more than “stuff.”
 
Generous giving expresses our love for the church.We may say that we love High Pointe Baptist Church; however, the true test of our love for Christ’s body at High Pointe is that we willingly, cheerfully and sacrificially give of our time, talents, gifts and earthly treasures so that the body might build itself up in love (Eph 4:16). I am continually humbled by the testimony of the church in Acts. Luke says, “and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need” (Acts 2:45). What a humbling example.
 

Generous giving expresses our love and concern to see all peoples become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ.Giving expresses our concern to advance the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ as given to High Pointe Baptist Church. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matt 9:37). Rarely does a day pass that I do not meet someone in our city who needs Christ.  According to recent statistics, only 37% of the 218,000 people who live within 5 miles of our building are strongly involved in a church. Just stop and think of the enormity of our mission field!  If we are to reach the unbelieving people of Austin and the world, we will need workers, hard workers. We will need men, women, and children of great faith and maturity who will give willingly, cheerfully and sacrificially of their time, talents, gifts and treasures to reach our community with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. How, then, should we give at High Pointe? In growing as whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to be obedient to God’s leading in giving:

  • We want to give ourselves first to the Lord:“We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints — and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 (ESV).
 
  • We want to give with hearts full of joy, for God loves a cheerful giver:“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthian 9:6-8 (ESV).
 
  • We want to be good stewards of God’s grace:“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV).
 
So, as we begin another summer together, let me encourage you to give cheerfully, generously, and faithfully to the many ministries of High Pointe Baptist Church through our general budget. This budget has been carefully put together to help us fulfill our mission in the most strategic manner possible. If you don’t know how to give at High Pointe, hopefully, these giving options will help:
 

1) You may place your gifts in the offering plates during the worship service:

Giving is an important part of our worship gatherings, as we honor God with the first portions of all our wealth (Proverbs 3:9). To that end, we provide offering envelopes to any regular contributor who chooses to use them. Or, you may simply place a check or cash in the offering plate as it goes by you during our offering.
 

2) Give online:

If you would like to give online via a debit card, follow this link on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.

 

3) Text to 84321 to give:

Give to the High Pointe general fund by sending a simple text message! You may text any amount to 84321. Please note: The first time you do this you will be asked to enter a few pieces of information, including your payment method and email address for receipt. After this brief setup, you will simply text the amount you want to give in the future.

 

4) You may mail your contribution to the church office:

If mailing your contribution is more convenient, send it to our church office in care of our Financial Administrator at the address below:

Attn: Financial Administrator
High Pointe Baptist Church
12030 Dessau Rd
Austin, TX 78754

 

5) You may give via online bill paying services at your bank:

You may set up High Pointe Baptist Church as a Payee on your online bill paying service with your bank. Follow the instructions on your bill pay and be sure to use the address as shown under item 4.

 

6) You may donate assets (like stock):

Giving stocks or assets that have appreciated is a good way to store up treasure in heaven, while also maximizing the resources entrusted to us while on the earth. Such gifts to a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, like High Pointe, may provide potential tax benefits not available to you when you simply give cash. To donate stock to High Pointe Baptist Church, please contact Kay Null, High Pointe’s Financial Administrator, at 512.837.7725 or by email. Consult with your financial planner or tax adviser before donating to High Pointe to determine how/if the potential tax advantages described here might apply to your specific situation.

 

7) You may donate material items, such as automobiles, appliances, and furniture:

From time to time High Pointe Baptist Church has been blessed with vehicle, appliance, and furniture donations. If you desire to donate an automobile, please contact the office, and print the following two forms:

 
Title Application http://www.txdmv.gov/forms
 

If donating appliances and furniture please call the benevolence phone line at 512.837.7725 ext. 223 and leave a message as to what it is you are seeking to donate, your name and phone number.

 
For your benefit, we provide the following resources in order that you may see what the Bible has to say regarding money, wealth, possessions and giving:
 
 

Nineteen Questions to Ask Before You Give to Any Organization

 
Love,