TITHES AND OFFERINGS
WHAT IS TITHING?
The word “tithe” means “a tenth part” or “10%”. In the Bible, God tells us that we are to give the first 10% of all we earn back to Him. Giving less than 10% is not tithing.
WHAT IS AN OFFERING?
An offering is any amount you give over and above your tithe. This could include missions or special projects. Tithing is the minimum standard, the starting point. As God prospers you, you’ll want to give more.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
Jesus Commands It
“Yes, you should tithe, and you shouldn’t leave the more important things undone either.” Matthew 23:23
God Commands It
“A tithe of all you produce is the Lord’s, and it is holy.” Leviticus 27:30
- Shows that God has first place in my life
- Reminds me that everything I have was given to me by God
- Expresses my gratitude to God for helping me earn income
- Shows that I really love God
Tithing Shows that I Really Love God
“Where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
... and Gives God a Chance to Prove to Me that He exists and Wants to Bless Me
“Bring me your tithe. Test me in this and see if I won’t throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops and the vines in your fields will be protected from plagues.” Malachi 3:10-11
You Can't Out Give God
“For if you give, you will get. Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure. Whatever measure you use to give, it will be used to measure what is given back to you.” Luke 6:38
WHERE SHOULD I GIVE MY TITHE?
The Bible is very clear that God expects the tithe to be given back to Him at the place where you worship. In the Old Testament, they brought their tithes to the temple. In the New Testament, the tithe was given at the synagogue or church. While there are many fine organizations, charities and ministries, the church is God’s institution. You may support other ministries with additional offerings. Only gifts given to God as an act of worship at the house of worship are considered tithes.
WHEN SHOULD I TITHE?
1 Corinthians 16:2 says, “On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. The ammount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.”
SHOULD MY KIDS TITHE?
In order to teach your children the principles of tithing, you should get offering envelopes for each child to use. Even preschoolers can bring their weekly offering to church. If your children are old enough to receive an allowance, they are old enough to learn to give the first 10% back to God.
SHOULD I TITHE ON NET OR GROSS INCOME?
Which do you want God to bless – your net or your gross? Proverbs 3:9 says we are to honor God with the first part of all our income. We believe that means the gross income. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows generously will reap generously.”
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO TITHE?
If you are in debt, you can’t afford not to tithe. You need God’s help to get out of debt. There are many financial principles in the Bible but the starting point is to be honest to God by beginning to tithe. Tell God you’re going to put Him first in your finances, that you’re willing to obey the principles of His Word, and you are trusting Him to help you get out of debt.
HOW CAN I REMEMBER TO TITHE?
There are many ways we accept tithes and offerings at C3. Every week in our bulliten, we have offering envelopes that you can take home and put with your bills to pay each month. These can be mailed in or placed in the boxes at the back of each venue. We also accept via text, mobile app, online and creative giving! Online you can set up auto-pay so you never have to remember.
C3TC to 77977
150 Gage Blvd. Richland, WA 99352
On Sundays you can drop your gift in a Connection Box (in the back of each venue)