The Bible has a lot to say about stewardship of God' resources and about giving to the community of faith
- From the earliest days comes a picture of a loving community whose shared life reflected the generosity of the life of God himself. (Acts 2:44 & 45) Mutual responsibility is a notable mark of the New Testament Church — and it has clear financial implications, which are only avoided at personal peril. Remember Annanias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1—11)!
- Financial provision was made for the support of those in ministry, just as it had been among the People of God in Old Testament times. (1 Corinthians 9:14 see also 1 Timothy 5:17)
- Provision was made, too, for supporting brothers and sisters who were less well off. (1 Corinthians 16:1 & 2)
- We can deduce some important Biblical guidelines from the previous passage. Our financial giving should be:
- REGULAR "every Sunday"
- UNIVERSAL "each of you"
- COMMITTED "must"
- PROPORTIONATE "in proportion to what you have earned"