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At First Pres we believe we are blessed to be a blessing — in other words, we give to others from the abundance of blessings God has given us. We seek to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ, allowing him to transform us into what we are meant to be. Part of that is allowing him to transform our financial priorities, teaching us to give joyfully and generously.

“The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” — II Corinthians 9:6-7

The Choice to Giving: Our forefathers in the Old Testament were instructed to give their first fruits, the best of their harvest, as their offering to the Lord. There are instructions in the Bible to give a tithe, 10 percent of what we have, to the Lord, and there are people in our congregation who practice tithing. If that seems like a big step to take, you might consider a smaller percentage to give regularly. But there is value for believers to make some sacrifice in their offering, not just giving to the church what’s left over after the bills are paid.

Some of us have more time than money, and you might think about tithing from your time. Could you teach Sunday school or sign up for a Bible study? Sing in the choir? Help at the Cooperative Care Center or the soup kitchen? Help with the flower beds around the building?

We invite you to pray through these questions about giving.

  • What am I doing to teach my family about the joy of generosity?
  • Where in my life am I rich in things money can’t buy?
  • If today were my last day, would I be happy with the legacy my financial choices create?
  • What’s one thing I can do today to live with a generous heart?
  • Where have I seen the generosity of others directly affect my life?
  • Are there areas of my life where I hold onto money and give it more importance than it deserves?