Since you excel in so many ways – you have so much faith, such enthusiasm, and such love for us – now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7 (NLT)What the Bible says about givingGiving is a vital part of spiritual formation and maturity. It requires two things of us:• Faith – Giving is an active expression of my faith. It recognizes God as my True Provider. It affirms my confidence in His ability to supply all I need. It is an act of gratitude and dependence and allows me to partner with God and His work through my church and in the world.
- Faithfulness – Giving requires the highest standard of personal integrity and discipline. It is not a casual or occasional thing. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the Bible teaches us to give willingly, generously and cheerfully.
- Our giving pattern should reflect a regular and systematic plan. In Malachi 3:10, we learn God’s standard of the tithe-”the first tenth being set apart in all of my earnings as a gift to God.” Through our tithes and offerings, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us.
With these two principles in mind, the opportunity to give online is available to prioritize and expedite your personal plan for giving.