New Testament Giving Part 3

Many gatherings will ask you to give above what you are able, but God's Word says differently. God would not expect a single mom, living in poverty, give up her rent money in order to pay a tithe. God wants us to provide for our families first. I know this may sound odd to some readers, it was different for me as well until a few months ago when we began this study. We spent hours, days, and weeks studying New Testament giving. We wanted to make sure our giving was in accordance with God's Word. We were so amazed at what we were finding and it has been so fulfilling, knowing that we are now doing as Christ has always wanted.

Here are some scriptures we found.

1. According to your ability.
Acts 11:29: "Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:"
2. A willing mind. Not what you do not have. There are many churches that ask you to pledge a specific amount over a period of time. I personally don't feel this is Biblical.

2 Corinthians 8:12-16: For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
3. Do not burden yourself in order to ease another.
13For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
4. Out of your abundance and in equality.

14But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

5. There was NO lack.

15As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
6. Titus, the preacher had this same earnest care for the people. Too many cities have poverty stricken Believers in their memberships while the leaders live in large homes with lavish cars and clothing. A man who has a true Elder's heart will freely go without something so that the brethren will have their needs met. Remember that God did not ask the government to provide for the Brethren.

16But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you."
Not Grudgingly or of necessity. Give from your heart and be cheerful. You'll reap what you sow.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Widows and Fatherless. I don't think this verse just means to visit them, because God made it clear throughout scripture that The Body is to care for them. Gleaning The Harvest is a ministry that helps connect widows and fatherless to The World Wide Body in order that you may know who is in need.

James 1:27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Please prayerfully consider your giving as a follower of Christ.

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