Why Give?

Giving away money is a huge theme in Scripture. It is ultimately an issue of worship: you cannot serve both God and Money. The Bible speaks of the benefits of giving and warns of the perils of not giving. A helpful passage is 2 Corinthians 8:7:

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

As good as contributions in other areas might be, they don’t excuse lack of excellence in giving. That doesn’t compensate for lack of giving, and our giving should be excellent. But notice he says the key is to understand how grace relates to giving.

Make a Difference

So, in terms of “how much should I give”, the answer is that it would probably be strange to give less now that we know what God has done for us in Jesus! Our position is for each member to give in the zone of 10% gross income per month. This comes from a combination of considering the following biblical principles:

  • Giving generously in view of the gift of Jesus to us.
  • Giving proportionally. Setting a baseline amount (e.g. 10%) is a huge assist in helping us be consistent and disciplined in giving.
  • Giving being both bearable yet sacrificial.
  • Leadership wisdom and application: Experience shows that each member giving around 10% gross income to the church is what it takes for us to do the mission of God well and sustainably.
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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.

C. S. Lewis