This article shows that biblical giving is less about the amount than the way we understand the gospel. It offers four beliefs that combine to shape the heart for giving.
This article is about giving generously in the collection. In his letter, Paul exhorts the Corinthian Christians to give generously, pointing to the Macedonian Christians as an example. Did the Corinthians really understand the extent of God's generosity to them in the gift of his Son? Our willingness to give shows that we belong to Christ.
The church of Jesus Christ must supply her deacons with that which they need to do their work. Therefore, giving for the care of the poor must be a priority for the church, and must be an act of the church as an institution. But even more, giving is an act of worship to the Lord. The church’s giving is obedience to, love for, and gratitude to God for all He has done for us in Jesus Christ.
The church of Jesus Christ must supply her deacons with that which they need to do their work. How does the church do this? Through giving, answers the author. How should the church give? The author answers again: according to what God has given you, generously, and sacrificially. God cares also about the attitude we have toward giving; hence, giving must be done with sincerity of heart, cheerfully, and out of trust that God will supply what we need.
Malachi 3:10 must be understood in the context of the Old Testament and in relation to the other laws. Therefore, it will be wrong to demand tithing from Christians today based on this text. This article shows that the New Testament encourages Christians to give in response to grace shown them. The author also discusses guidelines to giving and means of giving.
In a previous article all relevant references to tithing in Scripture were discussed and it was concluded that the continuation of a tithing requirement can not be adequately supported by the exegesis of individual texts. In the present essay the authors assess the applicability of tithing in light of pertinent systematic issues.