Giving can be a touchy subject. It may be hard for pastors to address it without apologizing on the one hand or laying down a guilt trip on the other hand. Most of us often would rather avoid talking about the subject altogether. Some Christians abide by the principle of the Old Testament tithe (ten percent). A 2013 Barna study shows that at best 12% of born-again Christians are giving this percentage of their income. Most of us are afraid, for different reasons, to talk about it, so we just brush it under the rug.
The reality is that giving is important to address because the Bible speaks clearly about it. And if we "follow the money trail" in our own lives, it typically leads us to what we truly value. Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.
God's Abounding Grace
In 2 Corinthians 8–9, Paul is writing to prepare a church for a group sent by Paul to collect a "blessing" from them (1 Corinthians 16:1–4). The gift will support poor and needy churches in Jerusalem.