Perhaps your church has an upcoming offering drive, and you find yourself looking for ways to encourage your congregation to generously give. While most churches rely on donations from their members, it can be challenging to receive enough offerings to support your ministry. A great way to approach increasing giving within your church is by communicating to your church why giving is so vital to your ministry, their relationship with God, and the kingdom of Heaven. When people understand the purpose and meaning behind why they’re asked to give, they’re much more likely to do so. However, even lifelong Christians might not truly understand the importance of giving. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the best scriptures on giving to help make your offering drive the best one yet. These scriptures on giving are a great way to help people learn why God has called us to tithe and live a generous life. We hope God uses these scriptures on giving to directly speak to those in your congregation and open their hearts to financially bless your church.
Scriptures About Giving The Amount You’re Able to Give
One of the most common questions around giving members of your church might have is, “how much should I give?” The Bible tells us that giving is incredibly personal between you and God. The Lord cares less about how much you’re able to give and more about the way that you give. God loves a cheerful giver and someone who wants to give back to the Lord because of everything he has done for them. If a member of your church isn’t sure how much to give, the Bible tells us that God asks for 10% as a tithe for all he has given us.
2 Corinthians 9:7
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.
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
Scriptures on Giving During Financial Insecurity
There may be times where members of your church are facing financial hardships like the loss of a job or income, burdensome debt, or costly medical bills that make them feel anxious to give money to the church. Especially given the state of the world with COVID-19, people might be more hesitant to give and cautious with their donations. If your church is experiencing a decrease in overall giving, it might be a good idea to encourage your members and remind them that God will take care of all of their needs, regardless of what challenges they are facing financially.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
2 Corinthians 8:2-3
For in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Bible Verses On Why God Asks Us To Give
One of the best ways that you can help your church understand giving is to share with them these verses about why God asks us to give. Jesus loved us so much that he paid the ultimate price for us so that way we could have eternal life and be forgiven for our sins. Since Jesus gave us this incredible gift, we should be excited to generously give back to the Lord a small percent of all that he has done for us to invest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Tithing originally came from the Old Testament and the word itself literally means 10%. God wants us to give the first 10% of all of our profits back to Him to bless.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
1 Timothy 6: 9-10
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.
The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Offering Scriptures On Being Blessed Through Giving
The Bible tells us that when we generously give and help others, the Lord will bless us. God promises us to give us back more than we could have ever even asked for or imagined. The below scriptures on giving can be leveraged as a powerful way to encourage your church to give more or be willing to donate.
2 Corinthians 9:6
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
2 Corinthians 9:10-11
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
So that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.
Giving Money To The Poor
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus continuously tells us of the importance of giving to the poor and helping those in need. Jesus says in Matthew 19:24 that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who’s rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus and his disciples continuously are seen freely giving to the poor and calling us to do the same. As a pastor or church leader, these scriptures on giving to the poor can help you can explain to your church that their donations go towards helping those in need within your community.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
In every way, I showed you that by working hard like this we should help the weak and remember the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Make Giving Easier
One mistake churches make is relying only on Sunday for all their giving to occur. While Sunday is usually the day you’ll see the most giving take place in person, only focusing on this day causes you to miss out on capturing additional donations during the week. According to PushPay, 73% of church giving happens throughout the week, rather than just on Sunday during services. In today’s vastly digital world, fewer people are carrying cash or checks on them to put into the offering bucket on Sundays. Many people prefer to give digitally and will be more likely to donate larger amounts.
A great way to increase your church’s donations is by making it easier for your members to give. By integrating online giving with your website, your members can give the amount they wish with the touch of a button. They can also opt to set their giving to automatic recurring payments so that they can set it and forget it. Online giving is an incredible way to reach more people and especially millennials. In 2015, a study conducted by Snowball Fundraising found that mobile giving donations increased by 205% (Source: PushPay).
There are plenty of excellent online giving platforms like Tithely, PushPay, and easyTithe that can seamlessly be integrated with your church’s website. If you’re interested in integrating online giving on your church website, Missional Marketing is happy to help. We’d love to assist in your switch to online giving and watch your donations grow.
Grow Your Church’s Donations With Missional Marketing
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