What is a tithe?
The tithe (meaning 10 percent) has been practiced throughout biblical history as an important expression of the willingness of God’s people to release and give back a portion of our resources to God under His leadership.
Why is tithing important?
Tithing is a significant way to worship God—to honor Him as your provider and remind yourself that all of your resources belong to Him and are provided through His grace. As you give away that first 10% of your income, you set your course to honor God in the way you handle the rest of your finances. The tithe is a tangible representation of the highest priority in your life.
Should my tithe be based on gross or net earnings?
We believe that scripture supports the principle of giving on the gross of your earnings. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim with new wine.” This concept of “first fruits” represents both the first and the best of your income, and the truth behind it is that you give the first and best to that which is most important in your life. When we give from our very first dollar earned, it shows God is first in our lives.
What is the difference between a tithe and an offering?
Tithing is God’s minimum standard, the starting point for giving. While a tithe consists of 10% of your income, an offering is any amount you give over and above that amount. An offering might include gifts for special projects, the church capital project, a compassion offering, etc.
What should I do if I want to tithe but my spouse is not on board with tithing?
When we marry we become “one flesh” in God's eyes. We believe God wants us to do everything we can to develop a "one mind" approach as married couples and to be open and honest in jointly managing our resources. You may find that as you pray and engage in honest discussion with your spouse about your desire to tithe, perhaps over time he or she will support your commitment to give.
Many couples find that living on a good working budget facilitates positive communication about money and giving. If you do not have a good budget we can help you through Financial Peace University, a 13-week class offered at Preston Trail each spring and fall.