Generosity + Stewardship

At Cross Timbers, one of our Core Values is generosity. It’s not what we do but who we are.

We know based on scripture we are encouraged to mature and develop as Followers of Christ and as we see opportunities to be generous, we respond.

What is Generosity?
Generosity is how we give of our resources.

What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is how we manage our resources. It’s what we do with and how we divide our time, talent and treasure.

What does it mean to live a Generous Life?
Living a Generous Life and being a good steward of our resources is something that God wants for us and not from us. We find freedom in living our lives with an open mind, heart and hand. We respond in the following ways:

  • Our Time which is our most valuable asset
  • Our Talent which are things we’re good at and that we like to do
  • Our Treasure which is about how we use our finances

Helpful Resources

How to Track Your Expenses

Expense Tracking Worksheet

How to Create a Budget

Budget Worksheet

Legacy Team

The Legacy Team serves our church with the gift of giving. The team is an opportunity for those who are called and equipped to finance the Kingdom of God and to leave a legacy.  For information about the Legacy Team contact the Legacy Pastor at: legacy@crosstimberschurch.org

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

— Romans 12:6-8


Q&A

What is First Fruit Giving? 
The Bible is clear that everything we have ultimately belongs to God, but He trusts us to steward well everything He gives us. First fruit giving simply means we give to God our best, first.  We don’t wait to see what, if anything is left over to give. It’s about making generosity a priority in our life. The Bible also teaches about offerings or financial giving even beyond the First Fruit gifts.  We call this Kingdom Giving, when we give to specific opportunities that can help God’s Kingdom and influence expand.
Why do we talk about first fruit giving vs tithing?

  1. First fruit giving is a concept that reflects priority as well as, percentage. Based on scripture God deserves our first and our best. He modeled this by giving us His first, His only and His best in Jesus.
  2. Tithing is an Old Testament concept. Jesus came to fulfill the old law and take us all to new places that exceed the legalism and rules of the Old Testament.
  3. Jesus, Paul nor any other New Testament author commanded tithing.
  4. The New Testament offers us a great deal on the topic of generosity. It frees us from following strict laws as well as, freeing us to serve others out of gratitude, rather than guilt. The following scriptures reflect the very nature of God Himself

2 Corinthians 8:3 & 9:7 – Giving Voluntarily
Philippians 4:17 & 18 – Giving Generously
Mark 12:42 – Giving Sacrificially
2 Corinthians 9:7 – Giving Cheerfully
1 Corinthians 9:3 & Acts 20:35 – Giving to support local ministries and the poor

Where does the money go?

Everyone wants to feel confident in the organizations we give to financially. At Cross Timbers, we want everyone to understand that we are giving to God through the church, not to the church itself. There are multiple ways we try and communicate how we steward our finances.

Through:

  • Stories of life change that we share consistently at the “Giving” time during weekend services
  • Annual report
  • Quarterly Financial report
  • Website

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