What is tithing?
“Tithe” means 10% or “a tenth part”. God’s Word tells us that the first 10% of everything we earn or receive belongs to Him. (Malachi 3:8, 9) The only way God’s work will be done on this earth is if God’s people give of their finances. Certainly, the world isn’t going to finance God’s ministries. It’s the responsibility of the church, or God’s people.
What’s the difference between the “Tithe” and “Offerings”?
The tithe is to be the first 10% of everything you receive financially. An offering is any amount you would give above the tithe.
Well, I thought tithing was Old Testament Jewish Law that’s not for today.
No! According to Galatians 3:17, the Law came 430 years after God instituted the promise and tithing with Abraham. If tithing was under the Jewish Law, why did Abraham tithe 430 years before the Law was given? According to Genesis 14:20, Abraham tithed to the Priest Melchizedek from the very beginning, hundreds of years before the Law.
I can’t afford to tithe!
If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you can’t afford not to tithe! You need God’s supernatural help if you’re ever going to get out of debt. If you wait for your ship to come in before you tithe, you may be waiting a long time. Put your faith into action today by giving Him the first 10% of everything you earn or receive, and watch how He helps you get out of debt. I would also encourage you to teach your children to tithe to God from an early age, so they will be blessed all the days of their lives.
At SJBC, what does my giving do?
My giving feeds the poor, My giving visits the sick, It shelters the homeless and clothes the naked. It reaches our youth, It opens the door for worship, My giving helps preach and teach the Word of God. My giving demonstrates my faith, sings, and acts, and dances to His glory, serves quietly behind the scenes.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
At SJBC, my giving blesses God, bless others, and blesses me.