God doesn’t want something from you; he wants something for you. More than you could ask for or imagine. And we do too.
Someone once said, “there’s no problem money can’t fix.” We’re pretty sure that’s not entirely true, but what is true is that most of us deal with at least a few problems and at at least some amount of money pretty regularly. Our culture is practically fixated on money – just turn on the TV or read the news! In fact there are entire networks and organizations focused entirely on discussing wealth. Money is a big deal to most of us – and that’s nothing new.
What might surprise you is that Jesus actually had quite a bit to say about how we manage our money – and because of that it’s something we love to talk about as well. We know lots of people have good reasons not to trust the church with money, but we talk about it not because we want anything from you, but rather for you. The way we talk about money is in the context of generosity. That’s actually a lot of what Jesus had to say about it, so it’s what we choose to believe.
Unfortunately too many people are weighed down by debt and bad financial decisions; and maybe that’s even a part of your story. Our hope is that people experience joy and freedom in their lives when it comes to money, and Jesus taught us a simple process for how we can experience that. All we have to do is prioritize the resources God gives us to manage:
Give First. Save Second. Live on the rest. If you stop and think about it for a second, that’s really a fool-proof plan!
For that first step, one place to start is by giving to the local church. The church was God’s idea and His invention to spread His message to the world. Ridge Church is but one expression of that intention in our city. So why should you trust us with your money? The reality is that literally every dollar you give really does go to creating the kind of church that even the unchurched people of Charlotte want to attend. Life change happens here every week because of what faithful givers entrust us with, and we couldn’t do any of it without their generosity.
We rely 100% (through tithes and offerings) on the giving of people who call Ridge their church home to help us accomplish our mission of leading people in Charlotte into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Financial resources are a huge part of fulfilling our dreams to be a place where people can belong before they believe, and to do for one what we wish we could do for all. Imagine what could happen if we all just did our part!