Giving

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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).

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Why We Give

-God owns everything. This is the first and most basic of all the principles. This truth is the foundation 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).

-Giving is an act of worship springing from an appreciative heart. We are to give with a cheerful attitude. We do not give out of obligation, but out of sincere desire (2 Corinthians 9:7). Giving is a spiritual discipline of submission to God’s authority (2 Corinthians 9:13).

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How We Give

-We give generously. The Old Testament required a certain percentage of income to be given. The New Testament does not require a percentage, but an attitude of generosity. We give all that God’s prosperity permits (1 Corinthians 16:2-3). The more we prosper, the more we give (Luke 12:48).

-We give sacrificially. Not only does God look at what we give, but at how we handle all the possessions consigned to us (Mark 12:41-44; 2 Corinthians 8:3).

-We give thoughtfully. We plan the amount we give and not what is left over (Malachi 3:8-9; 1 Corinthians 16:2). Our offering is 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 17:13).

Common Questions

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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.

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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).

Ways to Give

Online

On Sunday morning at Bridge Bible Church.

In Person

Mailing

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Bridge Bible Church
3982 State Rt. 43, Suite 3
Kent, OH 44240