As we plant in (give to) the church,
we will see the bounty in time.
We will realize the benefits and joy of a church
where we have given, contributed, planted.
Steps along the Giving Path:
Initial Give to the Church.
Intentional Give a percentage of income.
Growing Increase your percentage of income toward a tithe.
Tithe Begin to give 10% of income.
Extravagant Give beyond a tithe.
Harvest What you Plant
It’s a spiritual matter
Generosity is directly linked to our journey of discipleship. How we use our resources is primarily a spiritual matter, not a financial one. The quality of that decision is determined by the spiritual condition of our heart.
Jesus talked about it
Jesus spoke openly about money and possessions. About two-thirds of the parables and about one in every ten verses in the Gospels address this very issue. As followers of Jesus, we should not be reluctant to talk about giving as an outward expression of our love for Christ.
It’s not about the budget
It may be tempting to approach the financial needs of the church as if we were simply funding the budget. As we grow in our giving, we acknowledge that living generously is an inseparable part of our following Christ. God does not need our money. Rather, we need to give it as an act of gratitude and trust.
It’s about trust
As we learn to trust God more and follow Christ’s teaching more faithfully, we learn to depend less on ourselves and more on God. We also relinquish attitudes and habits that impede our relationship with God.