" Where Fellowship Feels Like Family "
James 1:17 - "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (NASB)
Everything we own and everything we have comes from God. So, when we give, we simply offer Him a very small portion of all the abundance He has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a "heart of worship" that recognizes that everything we give, already belongs to Him.
God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth, because this 10% represented the first, or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give "in keeping whith his income."
God wants us to give to the local church because He knows how blessed we will be as we give generously to Him and to others as well. Giving is a Kingdom Principle----it brings more blessing to the giver than to the recipient.