The Cheerful Giver.....
Give as God puts it upon your heart. We won’t let our needs be known, nor compel anyone to give, but we’ll gladly receive offerings given from a heart that is grateful to Jesus. We want you to be led by the Lord when it comes to giving, Many get into theological arguments over Old Testament law and we truly believe in "Grace Giving" (2 Corinthians 8:2-8) & the Cheerful Giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)
2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
We are to be cheerful in our giving because of an understanding that God is our source. One way you know you are growing in your faith is when you give with a glad heart in response to the goodness of God. Giving should be a joy not a job.
When it comes to the New Testament teaching on giving, we discover that the Mosaic Law no longer binds us. Paul encourages us that Jesus “wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.” Without the hard and fast law to bind us, we experience a freedom from the Old Testament tithe. However, this newly found freedom leaves many of us with a few questions when it comes to giving. Should we still give the Old Testament tithe or are we able to give less or should we give more?
Concerning these questions Paul wrote, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
What is Grace Giving?
Grace giving must come from a willing
heart; it cannot be coerced or forced.
God looks at the heart of the giver,
not at the size of the gift.
Grace Giving is Generous [2 Corinthians 8:2]
for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
Grace Giving is Willful [2 Corinthians 8:3]
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,
Grace Giving is Directed by God [2 Corinthians 8:5]
and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
Grace Giving is a Shared Responsibility [2 Corinthians 8:6]
Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.
Grace Giving should be Exercised [2 Corinthians 8:7]
But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you— see that you excel in this act of grace also.
Grace Giving is Not Required & Grace Giving reveals our Love
[2 Corinthians 8:8]
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine.