Principles of Christian Giving

Christian giving is part of our Christians growth in faith. It is our growth in faith that fuels real generosity over time and not the other way round.

The Bible teaches time and time again that all that we have comes from God. We are simply stewards of his generosity during our time on earth and we are charged with using his generosity wisely.

The challenge to us all is to learn to give out of our abundance (what the Old Testament often calls the First Fruits) rather than what we have leftover or what is just in our pockets. Our giving should be a priority, not an afterthought.

Our giving is in response to God’s gifts to us, and to resource His mission to the world and not simply to keep the show on the road.

“My Christian calling is to be Christ-like and so naturally I give joyfully and sacrificially – following Christ.”

In the Bible, money is a regular topic and even the teaching of Jesus has many references to finances. Jesus talks more about money than he does Heaven and Hell combined. In fact, he talks more about money than any other topic except the Kingdom of Heaven. And 11 out of 39 parables talk about money.

Jesus teaches that our dependence should be on God and all that he provides for us. He taught, not that it was important to have a lot of money or to hoard it, but that it was something to give away to those that are in need and to be used to resource the mission of the church.

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