Why give to the church?
We serve a giving God. Think of all He has given us. He has provided us with life and breath. He has given us the earth and all who dwell in it. He gives us purpose and blessings. More importantly, He gave us His son, Jesus, to be our Savior and Lord. The Bible says that God will not withhold any good thing from those who love and honor Him. Listen to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:9-11 (ESV), "Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" How could we ever be stingy toward our God who blesses us and takes such good care of us? In fact, He asks us to test Him in this matter of giving. Listen to these words of God from the book of Malachi:
Malachi 3:8-10 (ESV)
8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
Our church and its ministries are supported solely by the regular giving of our members. Each time you give you are a part of everything that is happening at Portland Avenue and in missions across Oklahoma and the world. Our church contributes 10% of its income to the Cooperative Program which goes to support missions and ministries here in Oklahoma and around the globe. Our church also gives 2% of its income to the Capital Baptist Association here in OKC to help in missions and work right here in Oklahoma City such as the Baptist Mission Center and Grace Rescue Mission.
There are several ways you can give to our church:
- You can give through our Regular Sunday Offering in the morning.worship service or through your small group Sunday School class. Use an envelope from the pew to make your gift via cash or check. You can also bring your gift to the church office during the week.
- You can Mail your gift to Portland Avenue Baptist Church at 1301 N. Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
- You can give through Automatic Bank Debit through your bank.
- You can give through Online Giving. Online giving is safe and secure. You can make a quick one time gift or you can set up an account through the giving portal to make you giving convenient and regular.
Thank you for your gifts and being part of the mission and vision here at Portland Avenue.