Legacy Giving at St. Paul’s
“Reaching Another Generation for Christ”
The United Methodist Philosophy of Giving
To John Wesley, Methodism’s founder, sharing material goods was a cornerstone of the Christian faith. His sermon, “The Use of Money,” is a helpful starting point. In the 1780’s, he advised Christians to:
- ”Earn all you can.” For Wesley, work was a means of participating in God’s creative, healing activity. As we earn all we can, we are to give ourselves to God’s mission to the world.
- “Save all you can.” Wesley endorsed a simplified lifestyle. He could not justify acquiring luxuries while poor people lacked life’s necessities.
- “Give all you can.” Wesley’s words confront us today: “Save all you can, by cutting off every expense which serves only to indulge foolish desire … waste nothing … then … give all you have to God.”
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