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The Bible gives us patterns of giving that please the Lord, but they all start with giving ourselves back to Him by seeking his forgiveness (we have all fallen short of His perfect standards), asking Him to take back His rightful place as the one in charge of life, and then expressing our gratitude in every area of our lives.

Each person has different ability to give financially, but we are all given the same amount of time each day.  We are giving to God when we serve others in a way that clearly “Shows God’s Love and Tells His Story”.

Our God is a giving God, and as we grow to be more like Him, our hearts will prompt us to give generously and experience joy in doing so.  We should seek the Lord’s direction and look for ways to give increasingly as the Lord provides.

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV)

You will hear us talk about the “tithe” (the first tenth) because it was the minimum required in the Old Testament and encouraged by Jesus when he was rebuking the Pharisees who were legalistically giving a tithe of even the herbs growing in their gardens:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.  Matthew 23:23 (NIV)

Even though we are no longer under the constraints of the Old Testament ceremonial and governmental laws (God’s moral laws never change – they are an expression of His holy character), if every believer gave 10% there would be an abundance to support all the work for the Kingdom of God.

Someone has said there are three basic types of giving (sorry – can’t find the original source to reference, but it seems worth repeating):

  1. Faithful Giving - Faithful giving is what we call the tithe.
  2. Generous Giving - Generous giving is creating space in your budget to respond to special ministry needs and to others’ needs financially like paying a friend's bill who recently lost their job.
  3. Sacrificial Giving - The best example of this giving is in the book of Acts where the early church sold property and possessions to move God's mission forward.

Our church as a community expresses our trust in God to meet the needs of our local church’s ministry by giving more than 10% of all undesignated gifts to others who are doing ministry beyond what we can do.  We encourage you to read through the descriptions on the Online Giving Options page to know more about how the funds are used.

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