Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
– II Corinthians 9:7
Why we give to the Church
God’s call for us to share our material gifts with the church and with those in need can be traced to the earliest narratives of our spiritual ancestors. From Abraham’s tithe, giving one tenth of his bounty to the priest Melchizedek, to the Jewish practice of gleaning to provide sustenance for the poor and for travelers. This obligation is described in Hebrew with the word tzedakah, which is often translated as “charity” but has a much broader meaning that includes a call to social justice.
In Christianity this material understanding of how we give back to God is expanded to encompass the way we live out the entirety of our lives. If there is an uncontested theme in the New Testament it is that the road to being a follower of Christ is paved with service to others. This all encompassing offering of oneself to God through Jesus Christ is the ongoing, transformational, redemptive process to which Christians believe the Church is called.
Scripture teaches us that giving faithfully means…
Knowing What Matters
Balancing work and personal life
Prioritizing worship and prayer
Volunteering to help others
Sharing Your Passion
Glorifying God in your daily work
Exploring the gifts God has given you
1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-31
Sharing your skill to make the world a better place
1 PETER 4:10
Giving to the church and to charity
2 CORINTHIANS 9:7-9
Supporting social and economic justice
Being a good steward of your resources