"But just as you excel in everything...see that you also excel in this grace of giving." (2 Corinthians 8:7)
Giving unto the Lord can be divided into two main categories: tithes and offerings.
The word tithe is derived from the Hebrew word maâaser, meaning one tenth. God is generous, not greedy; he does not need our money. The Bible tells us that God "owns the cattle on a thousand hills" (Psalm 50:10). The tithe is for our sake, to demonstrate to the Lord that what we have is truly His anyway, so we worship the Lord by giving a percentage back to Him for His purposes.
As with all areas of worship, we don't have to do this to honor God--we get to do this! In Malachi 3:10-11, God says, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house." The 'storehouse' is the Old Testament picture of the New Testament church. The tithe is to help further the Great Commission through the ministries of the local church.
When we give over and above our tithe, this is called an offering. God's Word tells us in Proverbs 3:9-10 to "honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops and then your barns will be filled with overflowing." As we trust God with our finances and honor Him with our first fruits, the blessings of God follow!
Couldn't we just give of our time and our talents? Isn't that the same thing?
Actually, it's not. The Bible is very specific that tithing refers to our finances. As mentioned in Proverbs 3:9-10, we are to honor the Lord with our "wealth."
Jesus also said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21) It is important to keep in mind that God has always been after our hearts!
If we give begrudgingly or with any other motive other than to love and glorify God, it would be better if we did not give at all.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
You can give in person during our Sunday morning service or online (see below). When giving to missions, be sure to specify which ministry you wish to support.
Thank you for your faithful contributions to help further the mission of the church!