We would like to invite you to support Equip by giving regularly as a partner or by way of donation. We encourage you to read the points below about giving before you do so.
1 Corinthians 13:3 states: “And though I bestow all me goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing”.
The reason WHY you give is more important than what or how much you give. You CANNOT buy God’s blessing by giving, and you cannot buy the salvation of someone else or some positive result by giving. God cannot be bribed (Acts 8:18-20). Any attempt that any person makes to get you to give by promising you a blessing or some good return is wrong, because you would be giving for the wrong reason.
It is true that Cornelius’ gifts came up before God as a memorial (Acts 10:4), but it was his faith that pleased God (Hebrews 11:6). His giving was a by-product of his faith and trust in God. He did not give out of fear or in expectation of a return on his giving. He gave because he trusted God. It is true that when we give, the Lord will give back to us a hundred fold in this lifetime (Mark 10:30), but we must give with the right motivation. The hundred fold return that God gives us is so that we can establish his kingdom (Deuteronomy 8:18), give to those in need (Ephesians 4:28), and abound unto every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). When we give, we must be focused on giving to prosper God’s kingdom, and we should not be focused on giving just to receive. It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
We should give of our first fruits (Proverbs 3:9) and not of what’s left over once all our needs have been met. We must ask the Lord for guidance in what to give, so that we can give an amount of our first fruits which does not lead to us giving grudgingly or of necessity (2 Corinthians 9:7). If giving at a particular time or of a certain amount causes us to give grudgingly then that is not cheerful giving, and our giving will be ineffective. If we feel condemned into giving then that is the wrong time to give, because (as above) our motivation must be right when we give.
Finally, where should we give? In 1 Corinthians 9:7-11, Galatians 6:6, 1 Timothy 5:17-18 and other such scriptures, Paul made it clear that we have to give where we are fed. No one goes to the market to buy from a tomato seller but then pays the plantain seller. If you buy from the tomato seller you also pay the tomato seller. If you are receiving God’s word from somewhere then that is the place you should give. If you are in a good local church that feeds you the word of God the you should give to that local church, because the local church is the pillar of God’s work on earth.
However, we do not live in a perfect world and some churches are failing to feed the body of Christ with the true Word of God, so if your local church is not feeding you the Word then you need to spend time praying and looking for a church that will feed you the Word. Do not just give your money to a church that is not operating according to God’s Word. Even if you have no choice but to stay in such a church you should not give your money there. If the body of Christ only gave to local churches that are feeding them the true Word of God then the charlatans and dead churches would cease to operate because there would be no profit for them.
We hope that you have found the above useful and encourage you to diligently seek wisdom by investing time in the Word of God. You should be able to discern good ground and good ministries to sow into.
Equip is not a church, but is a ministry that will help disciple the body of Christ in a way which assists the Church. If you wish to make a one of donation or if you wish to become a partner by making regular monthly or quarterly donations to our ministry then God richly bless you as you do so.