We have 3 guidelines when we think about giving: tithe, sacrifice, and responsibility.
1. The tithe guideline points us to believers who were required to give a tenth of their income to the church in the Old Testament.
Through Christ we can walk in the Abrahamic covenant as children and walk in the covenant given to him. (Gen. 13, Gen 15, Galatians 3: 6-29 "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29)" Abraham (Abram) paid tithes of all (Genesis 14:20; Hebrews 7:1-2). The New Testament does not specify a tithe but we have greater responsibility for generosity this side of the cross..
2. The Macedonian Christians demonstrate sacrifice. The Bible says "they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability". (2 Cor. 8:3).
3. The responsibility guideline means balance, in Acts 11:29 Christians give "according to their ability". Planning is necessary for Christians in order to give responsibly.
More important than that we give, is why we give.
Giving must be a joyful response to God's grace! Paul put it this way: "I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich." (2 Cor. 8:8-9).
What a test! Paul says the difference between giving to gain favor with God and true Christianity is that a Christian wants to give as generously as he or she received. You always give effortlessly to those things that give your life meaning.
Here at Showers, your financial gift- Tithe, Offering, and Donations are used for the Kingdom of God here at home and abroad, including providing meals for the homeless, helping distressed families, community services, payment of utilities,etc.)
We thank you for your generosity and reasonable service.