WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE FINANCIALLY GENEROUS?
Christian generosity is rooted in an understanding that all we are and have belongs to God, the Creator (Psalm 24:1). God is the owner and we are managers. God has made it clear that faithful managers should be generous.
WHY DID JESUS LINK OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES SO CLOSELY TO FINANCIAL MATTERS?
Our commitment to generosity is an important step on our journey of knowing, loving and serving God. Giving is an opportunity to worship and serve God. When we return a portion of our financial blessings to God, we create an opportunity for God to work through us and through our church.
HOW SHOULD I GIVE?
The Bible says our generosity should be:
- Regular – I Corinthians 16:2
- Proportional – II Corinthians 8:12
- Sacrificial – Mark 12:41-44
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
The New Testament teaches giving in proportion to the material blessings we have received. Jesus affirmed the Old Testament tradition of tithing – giving 10% of our income or blessings. He praised the sacrificial generosity of the poor widow (Luke 21:1-4). We encourage giving a percentage of your income and moving toward, or beyond, the tithe as your goal as you grow in your generosity.
HOW DO I GIVE?