King David exclaimed to the Lord, upon the overwhelming giving for the building of the temple, "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand... All of it belongs to you." - I Chronicles 29:14ff
Our LAC giving philosophy is based on this reality, that EVERYTHING belongs to God. We are merely stewards of that which He entrusts to us. He gives us all we have; we use it wisely and give a part back in thanksgiving and trust that He will continue to meet our needs.
How much should we give?In the Old Testament, the tithe is defined as the giving of 10% of one's income, or the giving of one's "first fruits." Interestingly, Malachi 3:8-10 is the only Scripture that specifically challenges us to "test" or "prove" the Lord. God reprimands those not tithing as "stealing" from Him, and then challenges them to "test me and see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be enough room for you to receive it."
The New Testament makes no mention of tithe as a requirement, but emphasizes that the heart is the key issue. The driving question becomes not "How much do I give?" but "How much dare I keep?" New Testament principles teach us to*:
(*Summarized from The Christian and Missionary Alliance document, "Stewardship and the Kingdom of God")