At Elim Church Selly Oak, we want to be a generous people. For us, that comes into three categories:
- Treasure – we give of our finances
- Time – we give our time to serve in the life of the church
- Talents – we use the gifts God has given us in acts of service
We encourage regular attendees to give financially to the church, as an act of worship. This is something that is found throughout the Bible. The Old Testament law says that we should give 10% of the “firstfruits” of our income. Although much of the Old Testament law no longer applies to Christians because of Jesus, we see this as a helpful guideline for giving.
As with most things related to the Christian faith, what’s important is our hearts as we’re giving. If we’re giving 10% but resenting it, then it’s not an act of worship so we might as well not be doing it. If we can only afford to give 1% but we give it gladly out of a desire to honour God then the amount doesn’t matter. This is illustrated well in Luke 21:
While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” (Luke 21:1-4, NLT)