God’s Nature and Character as the Impetus for Biblical Giving

The Gathering of Manna, ca. 1540The following posts are a discussion of biblical giving. How should believers as part of the church of God think about giving portions of their income? To answer this question, it is important to start with an understanding of God as a giving God. From there, principles can be drawn from scripture which will aid us to grow in our faithful giving.

As redeemed image-bearers, we gladly accept the truth that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (Jam 1:17). In accepting this, we recognize that giving begins and ends with God, for “from him and through him and to him are all things.” (Rom 11:36). The self-giving of God is at the heart of His triune mission in the world. The Father “gave” his Son Jesus, as savior of the world (John 3:16). The Father and Son “gave” the Holy Spirit to His children (John 14:16, Rom 5:5; etc.). The Father “gave” the church to His Son (John 17:9, Heb 2:13). God himself is a self-giving God, the very heart of His work and mission. In giving of ourselves, our finances, time, talents, for the sake of His church and the world, we are being like God.

  • How does realizing that giving is rooted in who God is change the way you think about your practices of giving to the church? To people within the church in need? To others?
  • What are some other passages dealing with God’s giving? There are many.
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