SCRIPTURES ABOUT GIVING
Despite the fact that many people use the word “tithe” synonymously with any church-related giving, the word tithe literally means “tenth.”
The tithe was an obligatory offering from the law of Moses requiring 10 percent of an Israelite’s firstfruits. Because God provided the harvest, this first part was returned to him. It was a reminder to Israel that all things we have are his. It was a show of thankfulness for his provision. It also provided for the Levitical priesthood, festivals, and the needy.
LET’S LOOK AT 20 VERSES ON TITHING
Teachings on Giving
Every Sunday we are blessed by Pastor Maud Weitsz on a Teaching about Giving. Giving is one of the most foundational aspects of Christianity. It opens us up to receive the blessings of God in our lives. Countless partners have testified on how God gave them financial breakthrough and freedom once they started Giving.
The Bible clearly states in Luke 16:13 that we cannot serve both God and money. Giving is a way of placing our trust in God’s provision instead of the world’s financial system.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US ?
In the end, tithing wasn’t something Israel did in the same way we mindlessly toss a gratuity down with our bill at a restaurant. It was an intentional practice through which God intended to teach Israel about his sovereign ownership of everything. Instead of being consumers of their blessings, they had to stop and think through just how much blessing they had.
Through the tithe, God took care of his people—and through the act of generous giving, God continues to bless his people.
WHO SHOULD I GIVE TO ?
Your tithe and offering and where to give is a personal decision and one that should be considered prayerfully. The principle of giving is what is important.
Churches such as ours have outreach programs and funds established to help people that are in need. The more funds we have available the more people we can help; whether it is by leading them to the Lord (For which we need to uphold facilities and staff), building new churches, training our church partners, ministering to convicts in the prisons, giving food parcels to the poor and helping other churches in countries around the world that have suffered from natural catastrophes.