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by Grant Pitcher

We do not set an amount or percentage. This is to be determined by you as you walk out your relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Giving is an integral part of our worship and the question you need to consider regarding your finances is, ‘Do you worship money?’ or ‘Do you worship with your money?’

In the Old Testament under the Old Covenant Israel was instructed through the Law of Moses to tithe in several areas, one being to the Levitical Priesthood releasing the tribe of Levi to minister to God on behalf of man. Together with other areas of offerings, scholars have worked out that Israel gave between 25-28% of their gross income away and learned how to live off approximately 75% of their income.

As an eldership team we do not ignore tithing, as it is clearly in Scripture, however we teach this principle in its context, which was under the Old Covenant. We however, as believers are now under a New Covenant and are called to lay down our lives for the sake of the Gospel. It is not 10%, 25% but 100% of all we are, 100% of the time. Acts 2:42-47 speaks of the believer’s devotion to the apostle’s teaching, fellowship, communion, prayer and people as they sold their possessions and goods giving to anyone as they had need. The believers devoted themselves to meeting together, eating together and praising God together.
If a nation through the wisdom of God could learn how to live off 75% of their provision from God allowing them to sow 25% into the lives of others we believe that it is possible for us in a New Covenant to not just do the same, but by the Grace of God to sow even more into the Kingdom of God.

As you walk out your relationship with God, learn how to steward your resources ensuring that your budget is not built around solely meeting your needs. Perhaps start off with giving 10% as a floor and not a ceiling as you craft your budget around people and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn how to live within your means for others rather than beyond your means for yourself.
Remember, God’s emphasis is not on the amount but on the attitude:

2 Corinthians 9:6-8: Remember this: 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.

Mark 12:41-44: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. 
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

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