The word “tithe” literally means tenth or 10 percent. Tithing, or giving ten percent of your income, isn’t merely giving something to God, it’s giving back what was His. All that we have, or hope to have, comes from Him. The Bible says tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything. It teaches us to always put God first in our lives.
BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES CONCERNING GIVING
- Every believer should prayerfully consider the biblical guideline of the tithe (10 percent of income) as a helpful starting point for learning how to give. (Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23)
- Every believer can give biblically, regardless of income. The amount is not as important as the heart as one gives regularly, proportionally, generously, sacrificially and cheerfully. (Matthew 6:21; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9)
- Every believer has a responsibility to support his or her home church financially. (Malachi 3:8-10; 1 Corinthians 9:7-12; 1 Timothy 5:17-18)
- Every healthy church will go through seasons of sacrificial giving, above and beyond regular tithing, to provide for special needs and opportunities. (Exodus 35:4–36:7; Acts 11:27-30)
Tithes are used to support the general operating budget of Calvary Baptist Church.