“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 (NIV)
At The Rocks we don’t believe in giving as a law; giving is a privilege and should come from a heart that knows that God has first given us his best–His Son Jesus Christ and that God has called us to partner with Him in spreading this message of reconciliation.
- God needs to be first priority when it comes to our money (Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 16:2).
- It means you put God first and foremost by giving off the top before you pay for everything else.
- Giving off the top can help minimise fear because you don’t have to worry about things at the end of the month because you have already given priority to ministries that help advance the Kingdom of God.
- We believe giving 10% is a good guideline to start with. But this shouldn’t be taken as the law. We should set aside a percentage according to our income and we should be continually trying to reprioritise our lives to give more.
- If you’re new to giving, start with 10%. But if you cannot give 10% yet, give any percentage that will stretch you, and make 10% your target.
- For others, giving more than 10% – much, much more – is completely appropriate. Those who have been blessed with abundant resource, or those who are already living disciplined, financially responsible, frugal, contented lives, usually find there is great joy in being able to give as they are able.
- Our God is the God who gives. That’s why not giving is really not an option for a follower of Christ.
- Worship, expressed through giving, is about the direction one is moving, not the percentage one is giving.