Hope's Philosophy About Financial Giving

In general, Hope is not a place where we emphasize our finances, as this is not the central focus of our church.  Even so, it is important for all of us to be faithful stewards of the resources God has given us, both as a church body and as individual participants in the church.  It takes finances to operate the church and fulfill the vision that we believe God has directed at Hope.  Accordingly, each of us should consider our particular role in giving, while recognizing that God has given us everything that we have, and that we are simply returning to God the gifts he has bestowed upon us.  While financial giving is a biblical act of worship, the Bible also teaches it is a private matter between you and God.  For this reason, we do not publicly “pass a plate” at Hope, but encourage you to give generously as the Lord directs your heart.

As you give financially, thank you for your support of God’s work at and through Hope Church San Antonio. Each gift is used to fulfill our vision including local and international missions.  

Hope Church is a § 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization. Donations are tax deductible and always private. 

Biblical Principles Driving our Philosophy

  1. Giving should be done cheerfully, not under compulsion.

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 

  1. Giving is a private matter between you and God.

Matthew 6:1-4 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

  1. Offering includes giving of our total selves (time, energy, talent, treasures) in worshipful response to all that God has done for us in His perfect love.

Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”