Some features of Christian Giving
Christian giving is not only about supporting ministry and mission of the church. It is part of following Jesus; part of our discipleship.
Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church teaches that Christian giving is:
an act of worship, a response to the grace and love that we receive from God (2 Corinthians 8:1-8).
marked by generosity, it is a privilege to give to God and enable God's work (2 Corinthians 8:4).
part of a mindset that offers our whole selves including our money to God (2 Corinthians 8:5). In doing this it helps us keep money in its rightful place.
a test of the sincerity of our love for God and one another (2 Cor 8:8).
So Christian giving benefits everyone, the giver, the church and our Lord.
How does Paul teach we should approach giving? 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that our giving should be personal and planned
(v7). In general the Bible calls us to give first what we have prayerfully to give and not from what is left.
2 Corinthians 8 speaks of it being proportionate or in keeping with income/circumstances
(v12). We are not asked to give in excess of our means. Everyone is in a different situation with respect to both financial and family situation.
2 Corinthians 9:6 we are called to give generously
. The New Testament does not speak of giving a percentage (thithing) but rather calls us to give in response to God, in worship and sacrifice. One of our biblical values as a church is that of sacrificial generosity in response to God's great love for us. Paul teaches that giving brings joy and thanksgiving to the giver
(2 Corinthians 9:11). It is a counter intuitive truth that giving away brings us joy through making a difference to others and enables us to be more thankful for all that God has given us.