Jesus talked about it
Jesus spoke openly about money and possessions. About two-thirds of the parables and about one in every ten verses in the Gospels address this very issue. As followers of Jesus, we should not be reluctant to talk about giving as an outward expression of our love for Christ.
It’s a spiritual matter
Stewardship is directly linked to our journey of discipleship. How we use our resources is primarily a spiritual matter, not a financial one. The quality of that decision is determined by the spiritual condition of our heart.
It’s about trust
As we learn to trust God more and follow Christ’s teaching more faithfully, we learn to depend less on ourselves and more on God. We also relinquish attitudes and habits that impede our relationship with God.
It’s not about the budget
It may be tempting to approach the financial needs of the church as if we were simply funding the budget. In Taking the Next Step, we acknowledge that living generously is an inseparable part of our following Christ. God does not need our money. Rather, we need to give it as an act of gratitude and trust.
We believe it is God’s intention that we grow more generous in our giving as we become more aware of how God has blessed us.
Steps along the Giving Path:
First-time giver Begin to give.
Intentional giver Plan what percentage of income to give for a year.
Growing giver Increase your percentage of income toward a tithe.
Tither Begin to give 10% of income.
Extravagant giver Give beyond a tithe, an offering (10+% of income).