There are four principles regarding Biblical giving that we believe here at Oakwood, based on what the Apostle Paul writes ..."On the first day of every week, each 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."
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
Our giving is to be:
- Personal -- each one is to give responsibly
- Planned -- each one is to make giving a priority (not leftovers)
- Proportional -- each one is to give proportionally of his/her income
- Pleasing -- each one is to give from a cheerful (literally hilarious) heart
Our desire to give is prompted by the Holy Spirit. Our practice of sacrificial giving illustrates the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Our consistency in giving declares that we are managers of what God has given to us and that we truly trust Him. And, as we give, we are reminded of what Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."