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Biblical Principles

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In 1 Corinthians 16 we find four principles which should guide our giving to the local church:

1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.  2 On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper…  

1.  Giving is to be systematic.

  • Paul suggested putting aside money at the first of every week. The idea is that our giving should be regular and planned.

2.  Giving is to be personally determined.

  • It is not to be imposed from without.

3.  Giving is to be proportionate with how God has blessed us.

  • The standard by which our contribution is judged by God is in relation to what we have, not what we don’t have.

4.  Giving is the responsibility of all.

  • “Let each one of you….” We cannot file for an exemption!

In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul talks about the underlying attitude which should accompany our giving:

6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.  7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God a loves a cheerful giver.

Thus, as God’s blessed children we should give cheerfully, knowing that God blesses the generous giver!

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