At Blue Ridge, we believe giving is first and foremost an act of worship. From the beginning, God established a system of sacrifices in which He received the worship of His people, and that principle still applies today. There is a strong biblical precedent that those who take part in the local Church should support the church's ministries and benevolence work in the community. While the tithe is the biblical standard of the Old Covenant, we believe that a strict ten percent offering may not be appropriate for everyone. For some people, this would represent such a sacrifice that they would be unable to provide for their obligations to feed and clothe their families. For others, it would hardly amount to any sacrifice at all. The Apostle Paul writes this in his letter to the church at Corinth:
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; as it is written,
“He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever.”
From this, we see the following principles:
♦ Generosity should guide our giving, because generous giving results in a generous harvest in God's kingdom.
♦ Each believer's conscience should guide him as to how much to give, rather than any rule established by others.
♦ God loves it when His people give with joyful hearts to bless others and share the Gospel.
♦ God provides for us generously, so that we can generously help others, both with practical needs, and with the Good News about Jesus.
In this spirit, we encourage each other to worship God with our tithes and offerings, to His eternal glory!