Tithing

While much has been said or written on the subject, the best place to look for sound teaching on generosity is the Bible. Both Old and New Testaments teach generosity as a way of life for God's redeemed people, not as a rote duty but as a joyful response to God's saving grace. To help you get started, we have listed several key verses from Scripture on stewardship.

 

God Owns Everything, and We Are His Managers

The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalms 24:1

 

OUR GIVING MUST REFLECT GOD'S AGENDA

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

 

WE MUST LIVE TODAY IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY

Command those who are rich in this present world ... to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."1 Timothy 6:17-19

 

OUR HEARTS FOLLOW OUR MONEY

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 [cf. Luke 12:34]

 

GOD PROSPERS US NOT TO RAISE OUR STANDARD OF LIVING, BUT OUR STANDARD OF GIVING

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

 

WEALTH IS FLEETING, AND ACCUMULATION IS DANGEROUS

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep. I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner, or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when he has a son there is nothing left for him. Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand. Ecclesiastes 5:10-15

WE MUST WITHHOLD NOTHING FROM THE GOD WHO GIVES EVERYTHING

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence ... 1 John 3:16-19