One of the vital ways we are all called to serve our great God is through the ministry of giving.
In the Old Testament, God's people responded to God's generosity by giving a tenth ('the tithe') of all their land and crops produced to God. It was to be given generously with much rejoicing. The tithe was then used in God's work: feeding the priests and Levites, as well as caring for those in need, such as widows and orphans.
As New Testament believers, we also give back to God in response to his generosity to us. In fact, we have received God's ultimate generosity in the death of God's Son. Even though Jesus was rich, for our sakes he became poor, so that through his poverty we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). If we truly understand this gospel, we will cheerfully give as much as we can, and even beyond our ability (2 Corinthians chapters 8 & 9).
That means a tenth is a good starting point for considering how generous we can be, rather than a legalistic figure we must limit ourselves to. The more fundamental question is: how much have we received from God?
It costs nothing to visit Arundel Church and we make that clear in every service. But if God has been working in your life, we know you'll take the opportunity to give financially so that others can connect, grow and serve like you.