GOD FIRST LOVED US SO HE GAVE.

WE LOVE HIM, SO WE GIVE.

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, 

that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  

John 3:16

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The first lesson in giving

the keys to becoming a faithful giver

by elder charles domingue

When was the last time you sat or kneeled quietly in God's presence and asked Him, "Father, what would you have me give to my church this week/month/year? Father, How can I share your love through my giving?" The truth is, most of us do not approach our giving in this way, but the truth is, we should.


The greatest gift we could ever receive came from a very generous God! "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." One question that comes to mind is, "If God gave His most valued possession (His only begotten Son) because He loved me and wanted me to have everlasting life, how generous should I be in my giving to God to show how thankful I am?"


The answer is, "I cannot be generous enough." Knowing this, God established a minimum standard of giving called the tithe. Giving a tithe is giving the first 10% of all that God gives me back to Him through my church. 


"Honor the Lord with the first fruits of all your income." Proverbs 3:9


So the first lesson on this journey to living in God's will in my giving is that giving a tithe (10%) is a way of expressing thanks to God for all that He has done for me in the past, especially through His Son Jesus. It is an act of thanksgiving and worship.


God cares about all of your finances-not just your tithe. Learn how to grow in your financial management through our Kingdom Finance Class. Sundays at 1pm

PRIORITIZE GOD IN THE PRESENT

THE KEYS TO BECOMING A FAITHFUL GIVER

BY ELDER CHARLES DOMINGUE

Last week we established the first lesson on tithing as an act of thanksgiving for what God has done for us in the past. He has given us everything we have and we especially thank Him for the gift of His son and the hope that comes through trusting in Him. So from a spiritual perspective (a heart perspective), being thankful for God's blessing is one key to becoming a faithful giver. 


"Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness (Psalm 107:8)"


We also explored a practical key to becoming a faithful giver - budgeting. This begs the question, "If I budget for the offering, how am I showing faith?" It is our faith in God that compels us to budget the tithe (10%) knowing that He will provide anything we lack because of our faithfulness, indeed He promises to provide abundantly. 


"And try Me now in this, "Says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:10)."


Tithing is not only thanking God for what He did in the past, tithing is also a way to prioritize God in the present. I have found that I can go further with nine-tenths and God's blessing, than with ten-tenths on my own. So, prioritizing God in the present is another key to becoming a faithful giver.