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Tithes & Offerings
What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering? The word, "tithe" literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
Why We Give
Giving is an act of faith in putting God first in every aspect of our life. If we can trust His Word for our souls’ future then we can trust His Word for our financial future. A tithe is 10 percent of our income. An offering is any amount above the tithe.
1. Jesus instructs us to give that we may receive: “Give, and it will be given to you…” Lk. 6:38
2. Giving accumulates Heavenly Riches: “lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven…” Matt. 6:19-21
3. God will bless you for giving: “Bring in the tithes and offerings and I will pour out for you such blessing!” Mal. 3:10
4. Giving honors the Lord (and He will honor you!): “Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first of your
increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty.” Proverbs 3:9–10
5. Giving expands God’s Kingdom: “Your generosity supplies the needs and results in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Cor. 9:12
6. Giving develops godly character: When we give our selfish nature diminishes and we become like God who gave His Son.
How We Give
1. Cheerfully! “Don’t give grudgingly…for God loves a cheerful giver!” 2 Cor. 9:7
2. Willingly! as an act of worship for all He has done for you: “Riches and honor come from You, and of your own we have given back to You.” 1 Chron. 29:12-14
3. Generously! “Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully!” 2 Cor. 9:6
Your giving supports the ministries within CCOC and our outreaches locally and around the world.
The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB)
Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have.
It is also God's personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: "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." This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he's saying, "Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me."
Is God wise? Do you trust him?
These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then listening to what he says about financial stewardship is in your best interest. If you trust him, then trusting him with all aspects of your life, including your finances is a vital part of your faith. So go ahead. Accept God's invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.
"The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself."