THE GRACE OF GIVING
Just as you excel in everything else—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness . . . see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
(2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV)
Why does God want you to excel in the grace of giving?
1) God is the greatest giver ever. As we learn to be more generous, we are reflecting the heart and character of our God who so freely gives.
2) Giving is an act of Worship. The Bible tells us everything we have is a gift from God and our tithes and offerings are a way we respond back to God in worship and gratitude.
3) God gives to us so He can give through us. God calls us to be faithful stewards of all that He has given to us.
4) Biblical giving helps protect our hearts from materialism and greed. The Bible tells us that “where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” It is amazing how giving can protect the heart and help us to keep God first place in our lives.
5) Giving is about trust – trusting God as our Provider and trusting God with our future. As we give, we are telling God that we thank Him for today and trust Him for tomorrow!
Tithes and Offerings
What is the difference between tithes and offerings? The word tithe literally means 10%, so a tithe is the first 10% of your income. This was often called the first fruit of the income. This meant that the first part of one’s income was set aside to God as an act of worship and trust in the God who provides. An offering is a gift that is given above and beyond 10%. In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Secured Online Giving
You can give online with a one-time gift or recurring gift by clicking the button below. Because we do not wish to encourage debt, ACH (e-check) giving is the only option available online.