The simple answer is we believe everything we have comes from God in the first place. We give because we believe God has entrusted us with resources and we are excited to partner with what God is doing in our community!
The Bible teaches that a guideline for giving is called the tithe (Leviticus 27:30). People give different amounts. The figure isn't important. What is important is that you are committed to dedicating a portion of what you earn to the Lord. Tithing is the one area where God asks us to "test him." It's almost as if He is daring us to give so that He can show us how He ---and not money--- will always provide for us.
An offering is a gift given to a specific need above and beyond our tithe. At NCAC, we occasionally pass baskets down the aisle to take a special "Deacon's Offering." This offering is specifically for helping those in our community who have a financial need.
Giving acknowledges God as the giver of everything we have (James 1:17).
Giving reflects our trust that God will provide for us (Matthew 6:19-24).
Giving allows us to be active participants in God's work on earth (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).