Tithes & Offerings
What Is Tithing?
** “A tithe is a portion of your income given as an offering to your local church. (Fun fact: The word tithe literally means tenth in Hebrew). Many Christians practice tithing as part of their faith.
Leviticus 27:30 (TLB) says, “A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.” And Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”
Those gardening metaphors may have thrown you off, but what these verses are really saying is to give a portion (specifically a tenth) of whatever you make back to God. And firstfruits is just a biblical way of saying that you should give this first—before you do anything else with your money.
Why Should I Tithe?
The Bible tells us that tithing is a way to show that we trust God with our lives and our finances. Tithing isn’t for God’s benefit. He doesn’t need our money. Instead, tithing is meant for our benefit because sacrificing a portion of our income reminds us to rely on God to meet our needs. Plus it makes us more aware of the needs of others too.
In fact, supporting the needs of pastors and the work of the local church is one of the main purposes of tithing. Tithing helps your local church actively be the church by helping others.
What’s the Difference Between Tithes and Offerings?
Tithes and Offerings are grouped together a lot, but they’re definitely not the same thing. A tithe is a specific amount (a percentage of your income) that you give first, and an offering is anything extra that you give beyond that.
After you’ve tithed and paid all your bills and expenses for the month, you can use any extra money in your budget to give even more! This can look like giving a cash offering to your church above and beyond your normal tithe, giving money to a charity or missionaries you support, giving to a friend in need, or giving your time and skills by volunteering.
Giving encourages a grateful and generous spirit and can help steer us away from being greedy or loving money too much. Plus, being outrageously generous is a blast!”
Tithing reminds us that ultimately our income is a gift from God, and as the Apostle Paul says, God loves a cheerful giver (II Corinthians 9:6-12).
So, whether you choose to happily give a little or a lot, please know how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness and support!
** (excerpt taken from ramseysolutions.com)