“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).”
The practice of tithing provides a regular reminder of your dependence on God. In good times, tithing helps you remember that God is the source of blessings, and it allows you to demonstrate your gratitude for His care.
Tithing is one way to worship God—to honor Him as your provider and remind yourself that all of your resources belong to Him and are provided through His grace.
The When, Where, What and How to Give –
1. When to Give – Consider your pay schedule and establish a pattern of giving when your resources increase. This habit allows you to regularly remind yourself of God’s faithfulness and to express gratitude to Him by giving to meet the needs of others.
2. Where to Give – Typically, the tithe should be given to the local church where you worship. These gifts support your pastor, various ministries and outreaches of the church, along with church utilities and properties.
3. What to Give – The tithe is 10% of your gross income. In addition to tithing, consider giving God the first fruits of your other resources as well. These resources can be your time: giving Him part of your day in a quiet time and taking one day in seven to focus on worship and rest. Another resource can be investing your gifts and abilities in your church and community.
4. How to Give – Your motives for giving are important to God (II Corinthians 9:7) give with the expectation that God will faithfully supply whatever you need; then you can abound in every good work!
GIVING A TITHE AND GIVING BEYOND THE TITHE ARE THE WAYS THAT YOU CAN HONOR GOD AND REACH OUT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.
In His Service,
The Church Board