Money is a contentious issue, especially in the church. But irrespective of any bad press we simply can’t get away from the fact that the Bible has a lot to say about how we relate to and use our money. For us, what we do with our money is a discipleship issue.
There are mixed messages about giving - How much? How often? Nett or gross? It can be confusing and guilt inducing.
That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
The simplest way we think best captures the biblical teaching is to live and give generously. And rather than prescribe what that looks like, we think there are 4 principles that can help us all navigate what this means for us.
1. Prioritise Giving - we should make giving THE priority, not just a priority. Do it first before anything else.
2. Percentage Giving - pick a percentage (some say 10%), you decide, and stick to it. A percentage is a percentage no matter regardless of how much you have.
3. Progressive Giving - over time we can increase the amount we give and increase in our generosity.
4. Prompted Giving - from time to time we may feel the ‘prompt’ to give to a special cause, a person in need or extra for some reason.
(Principles taken from ‘Fields of Gold’ by Andy Stanley)
In the end giving is about trust. Can you trust God to supply all your needs if you give away some of what you have?