Our Giving Philosophy
Our goals are ambitious--and they should be.
God's faithfulness has prevailed time and again throughout our school's history and He calls us to step out in faith to share His love.
For those who walk alongside us in our vision To Know Christ and Make Him Known and feel led to do so, HHCA offers five paths to giving.
We believe that Christian giving is rooted in the three truths below that are woven throughout Scripture.
The ideas below were drawn from this article from Focus on the Family.
GIVING FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
For Christians, the decision to give is rooted in (1) the nature of God and (2) our relationship with Him.
John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave …” This declaration is more than an evangelical slogan, it's a revelation of the heart of God.
If there’s one thing the New Testament teaches us, it’s that God is love, and that we should love one another as He has loved us (1 John 4:8, 11).
And the message of John 3:16 is that love gives.
Ultimately, the spiritual basis for Christian giving is realized through these inescapable truths:
“Do you not know,” writes Paul to the Corinthian church, “that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit … and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).
Everything we have and everything we are is a gift from the Creator of our souls.
Even in a larger sense – God is the Owner of everything that exists. Ultimately, it all belongs to Him. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,” writes the psalmist, “the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).
If God owns everything, it should be obvious that He alone should determine how it should be distributed and used.
If His purposes can be summed up in the single word “love,” we can safely assume that He intends His wealth to be applied to the task of blessing other people.
God’s grace toward us is abundant – excessively so. If we truly think about our blessings, we see His overwhelming generosity.
According to the Bible, abundant blessings imply weighty responsibilities; “for everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48).
Our responsibility to give is primarily a response to God’s generosity. It’s an expression of joy and gratitude for the bounty of God’s goodness.
The Bible teaches us that Christ is especially concerned about how we use our material wealth.
As Randy Alcorn points out in his book The Treasure Principle, 15 percent of everything Christ ever said relates to the topic of money and possessions – “more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined.”
Alcorn connects the stewardship of our money to the tending of our hearts. “Our approach to money and possessions is central to our spiritual lives.” This is why Jesus talked so much about money. It’s important.
God attaches great value to the physical, material aspect of His creation. The physical world belongs to Him because He made it; and He made it in such a way that it declares His glory (Psalm 19:1) and reflects His invisible attributes (Romans 1:20).