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Tithes and Offerings Q & A

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What is a tithe?
• A tithe is defined as a “tenth part”. The tithe is “first fruit” of your increase. The principle behind your tithe being your first fruit is you are recognizing God as your source of supply; He is the cause of your prosperity. Therefore, the tithe is not any tenth of one’s income; it is the first tenth of one’s income. Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:
What is an offering?
• An offering is a financial gift of any amount as God has prospered you over and above your tithe.
What is the purpose of tithes and offerings?
• The purpose of tithes and offerings is to support the ministry and the ongoing work of your church
Why should I tithe?
• It is a spiritual command from God
• To walk in obedience to God’s Word
• To support the work and vision of my church
• To cause the windows of blessings to open for me because of my alignment with the Word of God.
• It is God’s way of ensuring I have a blessed life by including Him in my finances
How much should I tithe?
• A biblical tithe is 10% (for example: $1250 x .10 = $125 tithe) of your pre-tax income (gross income) and could be as much as God leads you to tithe above 10%. The 10% tithe is a starting point.
Do I Tithe Only On Income From My Employment?
• No. You are to tithe on all income that comes to you (i.e., salary, dividends, interest income, insurance proceeds, inheritances, profits from businesses, tax refunds, etc.). Proverbs 3:9 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:…
Where should I tithe?
• To the “storehouse”. The storehouse in Israel was the temple and cities of the Levites; but today it would be the place where one receives spiritual food and help (i.e., their local church where they are members or attendees). Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
What happens if I don't tithe?
• God calls you a robber and your disobedience causes you to live under a curse. Malachi 3:8-9 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
• When Christians don’t tithe they “rob” God of the opportunity to bless their lives
• When Christians don’t tithe they limit what God can do in their lives and limit the impact the local church will have in a community.
Is tithing all that's required?
• God’s Word commands tithes and offerings, see Malachi 3:8-15.
What are the benefits of tithing?
• Provision for the house of God; no lack of means or money to carry out God’s work.
• Opening the windows of heaven to pour out a blessing so great that there will not be room enough to receive it
• God will rebuke the devourer (satan) so that he will not destroy your harvest
• You will be recognized as blessed by men
• You will enjoy God’s favor on your life. 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:…
Isn't tithing an Old Testament law?
• No, tithing was introduced in the Old Testament, but still was observed and practiced in the New Testament. For more study read Matthew 23:23, Romans 2:22, 2 Corinthians 9:7-14, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Galatians 6:6, and Hebrews 7:1-10
What should my attitude toward tithing be?
• I should have an attitude of joy and willingness that God has blessed me to send back into the ministry. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
• When money comes into your hands your first thought is not, “Look at the money I have”, but instead, “Look how much money I have to tithe with!”
What is the spiritual impact of tithing?
• Worship; giving is an act of worship, Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
• When we tithe we are saying God is first in my life.
• What you will notice is that your mental state changes, attitudes of self-righteousness, selfishness, disappear, you create a flow of blessing in your life
When should I start tithing?
• Start Now! The moment you come into the knowledge of the truth make the necessary changes to obey the Word of God.
• Start now where you are even if it’s not 10% (i.e. it may be 3%, 5% now), but you will grow in your obedience to God and personal discipline
• This change will require repentance to God for your disobedience, but one definition of repentance is to “think again” or to have a radical change of mind.
• The product of repentance is God’s forgiveness and blessing