Giving

Why should I consider giving financially?
It’s because God influences the world through us.  God blesses us for us to be a blessing through us.  The Bible tells us that everything we have is a gift from God (1 Chronicles 29:14).  As we give the world is changed for the glory of God: the gospel is preached, lives are changed, people are fed, bodies are healed, churches are built, and we are blessed by God so that we can give again.
What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering?
The word “tithe” actually means tenth, or ten percent, and refers to the "first fruits" of a person's blessings received from God through income.  An offering is anything you give above and beyond the ten percent, such as to world missions, compassionate ministries, etc.  In essence, the tithe primarily supports and equips the local church in its operations and outreach.  Offerings are typically more directed in nature.
Why do we tithe?
In the Bible, God says the purpose of tithing is to teach us always to put God first in our lives (Deuteronomy 14:23).  Tithing is a reminder that everything we have belongs to God.  He supplied it.  And followers of Jesus are instructed in Scriptures to excel in giving!
“But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” (2 Corinthians 8:7)
In Malachi 3:10, God says, “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”  God is saying, “Put me to the test.  Let me use you and bless you to bless my people and your world!
Is God wise and do I trust Him?
These two questions are at the heart of giving.  Since God is all wise, will I trust Him as I obey His will for my life?  If I trust Him, will I trust him about all aspects of my life including my finances?  So, take a step.  Take God at His word that we can’t out-give Him.  Start tithing faithfully and watch Him work through you in our world and in you for His glory!  What a blessing that is!

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