What does the Bible say about GIVING?
Over 2,000 verses in the Bible deal with money and possessions. Giving is only one aspect of using our God-given resources to accomplish God’s goals. The use of the resources we do not give is just as important as how much we give! These biblical principles are outlined for you in an effort to help you, as a follower of Christ, to grow in this area.
Who Should Give
According to 1 Corinthians 16:2 and 2 Corinthians 8:5, it is God’s will for His people to give. Even in poverty we are to give (2 Corinthians 8:2; Mark 12:41-44). Giving comes from an attitude of first giving ourselves to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:5).
Why We Give
God Owns Everything
This is the first and most basic of all the principles. This truth is the foundation upon which all the other principles are built (Deuteronomy 8:18; Haggai 2:8; Matthew 25:14). Before we can honor God in giving we must first give ourselves to Him (2 Corinthians 8:5) and acknowledge God’s ownership of everything.
Giving Is An Investment
There are guaranteed returns on this investment of giving. God allows us to share the ministry that our funds make possible (2 Corinthians 8:4). We will reap what we sow (Proverbs 19:17; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6) and store treasures in the life to come (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
To Demonstrate Our Love
Giving is an act of worship springing from an appreciative heart. We are to give with a cheerful attitude. We give not because we have to, but because we want to (2 Corinthians 9:7). Giving is a spiritual discipline of submission to God’s authority (2 Corinthians 9:13).
How We Give
The Old Testament required a certain percentage of income to be given. The New Testament requires not a percentage, but an attitude of generosity. We are to give all that God’s prosperity permits (1 Corinthians 16:3). The more we prosper, the more we are to give (Luke 12:48).
God looks not only at what we give, but at how we handle all the possessions consigned to us (Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 8:3).
We are to plan the amount we give, not give what is left over (Malachi 3:8-9; 1 Corinthians 16:2). Our offering is to be set aside; implying that the amount should be given first. This is an Old Testament principle: we give to God first. Examples: first fruits (Proverbs 3:9-10); Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 7:13).
Do I have to tithe?
Since we are not in the Old Testament economy, we are not required to tithe. Tithing was a part of the Law. This is not, however, to be used as an excuse to give less than ten percent to the church.
How much should I give?
New Testament principles teach that everything belongs to God and we are responsible for how we use one hundred percent of God’s money (Luke 16:11-12). Our giving should be sacrificial. It should cost us something (Mark 12:41-44; Hebrews 13:16; 2 Samuel 24:24). The amount we give should be determined prayerfully in submission to God. It is not the percentage that God looks at, but the heart.
Where should I give?
There are many competing groups asking for your gifts. Many represent very excellent causes and are worthy of your support. The offerings in the New Testament, however, were collected in the churches (1 Corinthians 16:1; 2 Corinthians 8:1). The church is the instrument God has chosen to do His work (Matthew 16:18). The church is to provide an accountability structure to ensure the giving is used properly (Acts 4:35; 1 Timothy 5:17).
On Sunday morning at Maranatha Bible Church.
Make check payable to: Maranatha Bible Church.
Send to: Maranatha Bible Church, Attn: Finance Office, 1424 Killian Rd. Akron, OH 44312
NOTE: When you use a credit card to give online, whether you choose one-time or repeating gifts, Maranatha will pay a fee of around 3% per gift.