Tithes and Offerings
In the Old Testament, God explains the meaning and purpose of the Tithe.
It is a designated percentage of your income that you set aside first before you pay or spend it on anything else. It is purposed for the Lord’s service within the church and the community.
“One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.
In the Old Testament, a personal offering was considered an expression of gratitude for God meeting a need and in the abundance in which He met that need.
Offering is a gift given to God above and beyond the designated Tithe.
This is clearly described by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.
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