Attitude in Giving
It’s the Apostle Paul who counsels the Corinthian congregation: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9.7-8).
We are to recognize God’s abundance to us and not see our giving as a tax, but as an incredible opportunity to use the resources God has given us to make a difference for Him in the lives of others. Follow God’s financial principles and God will provide.
How Much to Give
The UM Temple leadership encourages prayerful consideration of how much you give to the ministry of the church. It’s a matter between you and God, and inspired conscience should be your guide. There will be no personal pressure to give any certain amount.
The Bible sets no limits on generosity and, again, encourages us to be cheerful and generous in giving. We hold the biblical pattern of giving to be set in the tithe, giving ten percent of one’s income as a practical guide. Some will have to choose a smaller percentage and build up to ten percent. Others can give more. Some have the spiritual gift of giving and can offer extra support to the work of the Kingdom. We encourage you to let the Bible give structure to your giving and to let your conscience set the pace.