Unfortunately, far too many financial scandals have tainted the church, and therefore any pastor who mentions tithes or offerings or missions support is usually viewed skeptically.
So sad! Especially because it should NEVER be this way!
The Apostle Paul gives an excellent teaching on financial gifts for church ministry in 2 Corinthians 8-9. I love this example he gives about the Christians in the impoverished area of Macedonia—
Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. (2 Corinthians 8:3)
Severe trial … extreme poverty … rich generosity…. Want to see this in a modern-day setting? Check out this video:
Wow!! If the homeless can give like that, why can’t we?
Here are some principles Paul lists about giving:
- Give because God compels you, not because a man compels you (2 Corinthians 8:3-4)
- Give yourself to God before you give your income (8:5)
- Give excellently (8:7)
- Give sincerely (8:8)
- Give like Jesus gave (8:9)
- Give what you say you’re going to give, and do it quickly (8:10-15)
- Give where there is proper accountability and proven credibility (8:16-24)
- Give generously (9:1-6)
- Give cheerfully (9:7)
- Give where God is glorified (9:8-15)
Giving according to these principles removes the taint of anything shady, and puts the focus on God.
July 18, 2012 at 9:08 am
I love give yourself to God before you give your income. It really doesn’t work any other way.