Biblical Giving Pattern

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By: Barry G. Allen- President & CEO

I am indebted first to my parents then to my childhood pastor, church training leaders and Sunday school teachers for most of what I know and practice in financial stewardship. But it was my parents primarily who modeled financial stewardship for me. Here’s the biblical pattern they taught me.

First, be a priority giver. “Bring the best of the firstfruits” (Ex. 34:26). Second, be a proportionate giver with the tithe as the floor, not the ceiling, of my giving. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse … test me … says the Lord Almighty , and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it” (Malachi 3:10). “The gift is acceptable according to what one has” (2 Cor 8:12). Third, be a premeditated giver. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give” (2 Cor 9:7). Be a periodic giver. “On the first day of the week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money” (1 Cor 16:2). Fourth, be a progressing giver. “But Zacchaeus stood up and said … Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor ….” (Lk 19:8). Fifth, be a pleasurable giver. “…for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). Sixth, be a perpetual giver. “By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead” (Hebrews 11:4).

Across the years I have proven both the reasons and the promises Malachi, Jesus and Paul made to the people of God about giving. I urge you to do the same. To the extent we in the Kentucky Baptist Foundation can be of assistance in facilitating your perpetual giving, please give us that privilege.

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