The Bible has a great deal to say about money, our attitude to it and what we do with it.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:7-8, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Giving should be planned:
‘God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’ The apostle Paul stresses the abundant nature of God’s giving towards us so that we may give abundantly in response.
The Old Testament commanded a tithe (10% of income). The New Testament is far more radical: we are to be generous givers of all we have. Some will give far more than 10% of their income, others less.
‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give.’ We need to think carefully about what resources we have been given, what our responsibilities are and how we can give money most effectively.
‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ It’s easy to give for the wrong reasons - to relieve our guilt, to avoid other avenues of Christian service, to be seen to be generous by others. The apostle Paul tells us that God loves a joyful and big-hearted response to all that he has lavished on us.
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Sarah joined the staff team in September 2013, having previously worked in an accountancy firm where she specialised in working with charities. She attends Christ Church Endcliffe, a church planted from Fulwood in 2009. She enjoys reading, sewing, baking and DIY.Contact Sarah