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BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR CHRISTIAN GIVING
 
1. Every Christian has a responsibility to share financially with the Lord’s work. Supporting the ministries of the Church should not be left with a faithful few. Everyone should be involved. (Luke 8:2-3, Mark 12:14-17, 2 Cor. 9:7).
 
2. Giving to the Lord is an act of worship. In our giving we should recognize the Lord as the Owner of everything and give Him praise and thanksgiving for His love and generosity. (Gen. 28:16-22, Lev. 22:17-22, 29; 1 Cor. 10:31, 2 Cor. 9:12).
 
3. It is easy to think about self-interest and personal needs when it comes to our finances and possessions. But the Bible teaches another point of view; the Bible teaches that we should give God the first portion of what we have received from Him and live on the rest (Deut. 14:22-23, Neh. 10:37-39, Prov. 3:9-10, 1 Cor. 16:2).
 
4. God does not need our income; the cattle on a thousand hills belong to Him. He could get along perfectly well without our resources. When we give back to the Lord we learn to trust Him to supply all of our needs (Phil. 4:19. 1 Kings, 17:7-16, Luke 6:38, 1 Tim. 6:17-19).
 
5 As stewards of the many blessings of God we are encouraged to give generously, cheerfully, sacrificially, without drawing attention to ourselves (Deut. 15:7-10, Psalm 37:21, Prov. 11:24-25, 2 Cor. 9:6-7, Mark 12:14-17, 2 Cor. 8:1-9, 10-12).
 
6. Christians are instructed to give both tithes and offerings. This expression of giving is accompanied with a promise: (Deut. 14:22, Neh. 10:37-39, Mal. 3:8-10, Matt. 23:23).
 
7. When God’s people give in faith, He responds (2 Kings 4:1-7, Prov. 28:27, Matt. 14:14-21, 10:42, Acts 20:35, Phil. 4:14-17)