Why Should I Think About Planned Giving?
The earth is the Lord's and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it...so says Psalm 24:1.
Everything belongs to God and anything we have in the way of possessions is merely holding them in stewarship for the Lord's cause and sake. Our attitude about wealth and blessing must point to the provision of God in the first place, and the demands that he makes on us in our use of it.
2 Corinthians 9:6–8 ESV
“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.”
God intends that the display of his blessings in our lives be utilized in the causes of righteouness, relief, and mercy. We are blessed...so that we may be able to abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:10–15 ESV
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
Probably the best New Testament evidence of this occurred in the early years of the Church in Jerusalem when there was great need amoung the saints regarding food and shelter. The saints responded by selling their possessions and using the money for the general purposes of the Church at large.
Acts 4:32–37 ESV
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was soldand laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
Jesus noted the importance of investing in the Kingdom of God. While there is certainly meant to be that vital spiritual connection, there is also that aspect where we give to the Lord our all, heart, mind, soul, strength and even our possessions as was required of the rich young ruler.
Luke 18:18–27 NIV
“A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’’”
“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.””
Investment in the Kingdom of God is part of God's plan for the Christian, heart, mind and soul--all our spiritual and physical faculties. What will you do with the "minas" God gives you?
Luke 19:12–27 ESV
“He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’‘ I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’””
Planned Giving to Kingdom work can be seen in two differing parts. The first is that of our regular and ongoing giving to the work of Christ and his church long establishe in both the Old and New Testaments. We are to give regularly to meet the needs of local church ministries in supporting a pastor, aiding the poor and disadvantaged, and meeting the needs of our community. The model identified in the Old Testament is that of the tithe or tenth of our overal income and blessings. We encourage all believers to give regularly a portion of their regular income to their local church in support of their ministry.
Bequests and Trusts are other ways in which Planned Giving can leave a constructive legacy that will work for the Kingdom of God as you have been blessed. These can be set up and activated while you are still living, or after you leave this mortal life.
Bequests To The Maleny Presbyterian Church
Ecclesiastes 3:1–2 ESV
“For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;”
If you decide to make a bequest to the Maleny Presbyterian Church, it is suggested that you make it 'for the general purposes of the Maleny Presbyterian Church'. This allows the Committee of Manangement of MalenyPC to make the decision on the precise use of your bequest, taking into consideration the needs and opportunities at the time your bequest comes to the Church.
You may prefer to be more specifìc in making your bequest. Should you desire this, the best course is to check your proposed cause and wording with the Pastor or one of the Elders of the Maleny Presbyterian Church to best express your intentions.
Following are some of the Presbyterian causes you may wish to nominate:
- Building Fund - providing the funds for the purchase and development of a new functional centre for worship and ministry.
- A Ministry Trainee - funding for a full time trainee for a period of two years.
- Christian Education - supporting educational work among children, youth and adults of the Church.
- Church Planting - supporting of new church planting effort by our church. Funds will be used to pay pastors and support fledgling ministry efforts.
- Presbytery Missions - supporting small churches in rural and remote areas of our Presbtery and rebuilding congregations in need.
- World Mission - sharìng the Gospel throughout the world and supporting the sending of our missionaries when they are on the field.
- Youth Outreach - promoting the Gospel through youth activities and camping programs of YNET.
- Planned Giving - You may wish to give a substantial sum of money in order to establish a trust fund or special purpose project.
Whatever cause you choose, your bequest should be directed to "The Maleny Presbyterian Church". Your will can then direct that the gift be used for a certain cause.
Below is a sample form of wording that can be used when you make a personal will. As every will is different, please consult your legal adviser before you make use of this wording. In the sample below, the words 'for the general purposes thereof' are used. If you have a specific purpose in view, this is where you would include that specific purpose.
'I give and bequeath <Insert bequest here> to
The Maleny Presbyterian Church, 12 Cedar Street, Maleny QLD 4552
(Post Office Box 600, Maleny QLD 4552)
to be applied for the general purposes of the church,
and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or
other proper officer of the church shall be a full and
sufficient discharge to my trustee for the payment of the
said legacy and that my trustee shall not be
bound to see to the application thereof.
A wonderful way to remember the work of the Gospel...
A bequest can be a lastìng way of making your commitment to the work of the Lord through the Presbyterian Church of Queensland. Provided that your will is drawn up carefully and correctly, your bequest (which is contained in the will) allows you to express, with certainty, the way in which you would like to give to the Church.
It is an expression of gratitude to Cod for His blessings
It will assist tbe ongoing ministry of Christ's Church, well into the future
It can contribute towards the cost of new churces and facilities in growing areas
It enables the church to undertake more expansive work
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But you may wish to give to these ministries now before you die--as God has blessed you...
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