We understand that all of life is to be an act of worship before the living God of the universe. One part of that worship is in regular and sacrificial financial giving to the work of God. The Bible teaches,
- That everything belongs to God (Psalm 24:1).
- That believers have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and therefore God is the owner of everything we have, including our money.
- That any ability we have to make money is a result of God’s blessing (Deuteronomy 8:18).
- That giving is an essential component of Christian discipleship (1 Corinthians 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9).
- That the love of money and possessions are closely tied to the sin of greed (Luke 12:14-21;).
- That the love of money and the desire to become rich plunge people into ruin and destruction (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
- Giving our money to the work of God is one way to break the power of the idol of wealth (Luke 19:8-9; Matthew 6:24-34)).
- That our giving is not to be done grudgingly or even out of necessity. Rather our giving to be done from our joy in knowing God (2 Corinthians 9:7).
- That giving not only stems from our joy in Christ but giving leads to greater joy in the Christian life (2 Corinthians 8:1-7).
A few of ways to give in SBCC:
- Giving Electronically – For giving via ACH, debit card or credit card, and for single or recurring gifts, electronic giving is an easy option. (There are small fees associated with this form of giving. Click HERE for more information.)
- CASH OR CHECK – Make checks payable to Santa Barbara Community Church. You can either drop your gift in one of the offering boxes in the entryway at church or mail your check to: Santa Barbara Community Church, Attn: Kathy Roberts, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd, Santa Barbara CA 93110. Please note that checks are electronically deposited promptly via in-house check-scan services.
- BILL PAY – Go to your bank’s website to set up a one-time or recurring payment as an automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. There is usually no fee for this method. (Check with your bank.)
Sermons on Giving / Stewardship
Books and Articles
The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn
Desiring God (Chapter 5: “Money: The Currency of Christian Hedonism”) by John Piper
Financial Peace University
App for electronic devices
Search for Santa Barbara Community Church in the App Store or GooglePlay for our church app.