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We believe that the Bible clearly identifies giving as an act of obedience and worship to God, and we encourage people to be generous with all the resources God has provided them. We know that a healthy church is one that maintains a culture of generosity.
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Cor. 9:6-7
Many churches teach that Christians should adhere to the Old Testament principle of tithing, which commonly people associate with a tenth or 10% of ones income. - Lev 27:30-32
However, we are no longer under Old Testament law, and we don’t see any examples in the New Testament where Jesus commands this principle of tithing. Therefore, at Emergence we will teach and encourage the principles of giving outlined in the New Testament.
There are seven principles that should direct our giving. In other words, our giving should be:
“Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” -1 Cor. 16:1-2
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” -2 Cor. 8:2-4
“Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” –Phil. 4:17-18
“for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need” –Phil 4:16
Motivated by Love and Need
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. “ -2 Cor. 8:9
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” -2 Cor. 9:7
“I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others..” -2 Cor. 8:8