We believe the Bible clearly identifies giving as an act of obedience and worship to God, therefore we encourage people to be generous with the resources God has provided them. We know that a healthy church is one that maintains a culture of generosity.
Many churches teach that Christians should adhere to the Old Testament principle of tithing, which commonly people associate with a tenth or 10% of ones income. However, we are no longer under Old Testament law, and we don’t see any examples in the New Testament where Jesus commands this principle of tithing. Therefore, Church at Bergen teaches and encourages the principles of giving outlined in the New Testament.
“Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” 2 Corinthians 8:2-4
“Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:17-18
“for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need” Philippians 4:16
Cheerful/Not Under Compulsion
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
“ I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others..” 2 Corinthians 8:8