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“If we want to see the Kingdom of God advanced, and Gods people experiencing financial blessings, then it is the duty of Pastors, as stewards of the Word of God, to share faithfully Gods principles of giving and paying the tithe.” – Pastor Leon Bible
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The Bible teaches that giving is an act of obedience and worship. When people are taught to give as worship and honor to God through the obedience of tithing, both the people and the house of the Lord are blessed. This principle forms the basis of this book. Romans 10:17 says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (KJV) Through the practice of reading and hearing the Word of God concerning giving, God’s children will give; both as worship and in obedience to the Scriptures. As a result great blessings will come. The giver will be blessed because of their obedience. And, the ministry of the church will increase due to the abundance of finances for ministry projects.
How To Use This Book:
This book is laid out in Biblical order; that is Genesis through Revelation. To locate any verse of scripture on giving contained in this book simply flip through its pages as you would your Bible. You will find the Scripture passages listed at the top corner of the right hand page. A Table of Contents listing the title, Scripture and page number is provided on pages 5 through 7. At the back of the book on pages 119 through 121 a Subject Index is available. Here you can find the different Scripture meditations group according to giving themes. Each tithe and offering meditation has seven sections: Title, Theme, Scripture Reading, Relating to the Scripture, Offering Admonition/Confession, Personal Notes, and Ministry Use Log.
Here is what just a few of the churches are saying that have begun to use Tithe and Offering Scriptures as part of their worship service.
Southern Baptist Church – MO – We use the Tithe and Offering Scriptures for our 8:00 a.m. Contemporary Service. I have found that since we starting using it before we take up our morning offering. People are not just “throwing” money into the office plate when it goes by, but they are now WORSHIPING God as they are giving there tithe or offering. In addition our offerings have already increased by 50% in just the few weeks we started using it. WOW!! To God be the Glory!!!
Assembly of God – OK – I put them in our weekly bulletins. The tithes and offering are higher than I have ever seen them in the six years I have been the pastor.
Baptist – SC – A great tool for teaching the blessings of giving! I have seen positive results in my people and their attitude at the offering time and their giving in general. It is working for us!
United Methodist Church – FL – I simply love the material. It has added something extra to our offertory that makes it more than a collection but a genuine act of worship.
Worship Center – CA – You were absolutely correct in your assertion that it is not the same-ole prosperity message!
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How does our willingness to pay tithes and offerings show gratitude to our Heavenly Father for all His blessings to us?
We have been given commandments to help us prepare in every way to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He has given us a way to thank Him for our blessings. Willingly paying tithes and offerings is one way we thank Him. As we pay these offerings, we show that we love Him and will obey His counsel.
In what ways does the payment of tithes and offerings help us thank our Heavenly Father?
Obeying the Law of Tithing
What is an honest tithe?
For teachers: Use questions at the beginning of a section to start a discussion and send class members or family members to the text to find more information. Use questions at the end of a section to help class members or family members ponder and discuss the meaning of what they have read and apply it in their lives.
Anciently, Abraham and Jacob obeyed the commandment to pay a tithe of one-tenth of their increase (see Hebrews 7:1–10; Genesis 14:19–20; 28:20–22).
In modern times the Prophet Joseph Smith prayed, “O Lord, show unto thy servants how much thou requirest of the properties of thy people for a tithing” (D&C 119, section introduction). The Lord answered: “This shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people. And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever” (D&C 119:3–4). The First Presidency has explained that “one-tenth of all their interest annually” refers to our income (see First Presidency letter, Mar. 19, 1970).
When we pay tithing we show our faithfulness to the Lord. We also teach our children the value of this law. They will want to follow our example and pay tithing on any money they receive.
In what ways is tithing a principle of faith more than a principle of finances?
What can parents do to teach their children to pay tithing and understand its importance?
We Should Give Willingly
Why is our attitude important as we pay tithing?
It is important to give willingly. “When one pays his tithing without enjoyment he is robbed of a part of the blessing. He must learn to give cheerfully, willingly and joyfully, and his gift will be blessed” (Stephen L Richards, The Law of Tithing , 8).
The Apostle Paul taught that how we give is as important as what we give. He said, “Let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
What does it mean to you to be a “cheerful giver”?
Tithing and Other Offerings
In what ways does the Church use tithing funds and other offerings?
As members of the Church, we give tithing and other offerings to the Lord.
Tithing is used by the Church for many purposes. Some of these are to:
Build, maintain, and operate temples, meetinghouses, and other buildings.
Provide operating funds for stakes, wards, and other units of the Church. (These units use the funds to carry out the ecclesiastical programs of the Church, which include teaching the gospel and conducting social activities.)
Help the missionary program.
Educate young people in Church schools, seminaries, and institutes.
Print and distribute lesson materials.
Help in family history and temple work.
Fast Offerings. Church members fast each month by going without food and drink for two consecutive meals. They contribute at least the amount of money they would have spent for the meals. They may give as generously as they are able. This offering is called the fast offering. Bishops use these fast offerings to provide food, shelter, clothing, and medical care for the needy. (See chapter 25 in this book.)
As part of the fast day, members attend a meeting called the fast and testimony meeting, where they share with each other their testimonies of Christ and His gospel.
Other Donations. Church members may donate to other efforts of the Church, such as missionary work, the Perpetual Education Fund, temple construction, and humanitarian aid.
Service. Members also offer their time, skills, and goods to help others. This service allows the Church to help needy members and nonmembers around the world at community, national, and international levels, especially when disasters occur.
We Are Blessed When We Give Tithes and Offerings
The Lord promises to bless us as we faithfully pay our tithes and offerings. He said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith … if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
Latter-day revelation tells of another blessing for those who tithe: “Verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming” (D&C 64:23).
The blessings we have been promised are both material and spiritual. If we give willingly, Heavenly Father will help us provide for our daily needs of food, clothes, and shelter. Speaking to Latter-day Saints in the Philippines, President Gordon B. Hinckley said that if people “will accept the gospel and live it, pay their tithes and offerings, even though those be meager, the Lord will keep His ancient promise in their behalf, and they will have rice in their bowls and clothing on their backs and shelter over their heads. I do not see any other solution. They need a power greater than any earthly power to lift them and help them” (“Inspirational Thoughts,” Ensign, Aug. 1997, 7). The Lord will also help us grow “in a knowledge of God, and in a testimony, and in the power to live the gospel and to inspire our families to do the same” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant , 124).
Those who pay their tithes and offerings are greatly blessed. They have a good feeling that they are helping to build the kingdom of God on earth.
What are some blessings you, your family members, or your friends have received through the payment of tithing and other offerings?
D&C 119:1–4 (the law of tithing)
Genesis 14:18–20; Alma 13:13–16 (Abraham paid tithes)
Throughout the Bible, many verses focuses on providing tithing and offerings to the Lord. This need for generosity is provided by Christians whom received the riches of God’s grace and respond in kindness and giving. Here is a look at some of the best Bible verses about tithes and offering.
“And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” | Gen. 14:19–20
“And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.” | 2 Chron. 31:4–5
“At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.” | Deut. 14:28–29
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” | Malachi 3:10
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others” | Matt. 23:23
“But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.” | Deut. 12:5–6
“Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!” declares the Lord God.” | Amos 4:4–5
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” | 2 Corinthians 9:7
“Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord. One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.” | Lev. 27:30–34
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” | Luke 6:38
“Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years.” | Amos 4:4
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” | Prov. 3:9–10
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” | Acts 20:35
“I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.” | Numbers 18:21
“In the one case, the tenth is collected by those who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.” | Hebrews 7:8
“In this way you also will present an offering to the LORD from all the tithes you receive from the Israelites. From thesetithes you must give the LORD’s portion to Aaron the priest.” | Numbers 18:28
“Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.” | Num. 18:26
“Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people – that is, from their kindred – even though their kindred are descended from Abraham.” | Hebrews 7:5
“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.” | Psalms 4:5
“One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham” | Hebrews 7:9
“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” | Gen. 28:20–22
“Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name – there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD.” | Deuteronomy 12:11
“There bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.” | Deuteronomy 12:6
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and that withholdeth more than is meet, but to poverty.” | Proverbs 11:24
“We obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord; also to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God, the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks; and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor.” | Neh. 10:35–37
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.” | Malachi 3:8
“You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.” | Deut. 14:22
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Now, there is no such obligation or command to the Christian regarding Tithe rather it is a command and obligation to the Israelites because they follow Mosaic Law, wherein they had to oblige 10% of their income to the local Prayer Center. Many of the Christians now-a-days think that whatever they are giving to the local church of their income is Tithe but the truth is that it is an offering and not the former because the New Testament doesn’t have any such obligations or commands for the Christians.
How is Tithe Distinguished from Offerings?
Tithe is giving away the one tenth of the income paid to religious contribution or somewhat like the tax levied upon the people. Old Jewish Law had this tradition of giving away 10% of the income to the Lord or Charity and even today Israel follow this system.
Whereas, in the New Testament it is nowhere supported that Christians are in any bindings to give away Tithe. The Christians mainly give away offerings to the Church in the form of cash or cheque, there is no such hard and fast rule of giving away a particular amount but it is a free offering to the missionaries or religious organizations for charity.
Actually, there are a few diverse sorts of tithes and applications thereof. The most generally cited tithe is the law obliging the country of Israel to give a tenth of everything from their territory, groups and herds to Levites as a feature of their legacy, since they didn’t acquire any area and were in charge of low maintenance rotational obligations in the sanctuary.
• Levitical Tithe
It is obliged to the country of Israel to give, on a yearly premise, a tenth of everything from their territory, crowds and herds to the Levites in the urban communities where they existed and worked around Israel, as a component of their legacy and their obligation regarding sanctuary obligations in Jerusalem. In like manner, the Levites were obliged to give a tenth of the best and holiest piece of their tithes to the Aaronic clerics.
• Celebration tithe
It is obliged to the country of Israel to bring, on a yearly premise, a tithe from their territory, crowds and groups to the sanctuary in Jerusalem, where everyone celebrated before the Lord as they consumed parcels of this tithe.
• Poor tithe
• It is also obliged to the country of Israel to give, on a triennial premise (once like clockwork), a tithe of that year’s produce and store it inside their urban areas, where the poor may come and consume and be fulfilled.
Generally, the same normality applies to each of the three of the tithes, the tithe constantly got from nourishment developed or raised on the Israelites’ territory, not cash earned from any of their specialties or skills.
According to the Old Testament, there were various types of offerings like willful offerings, dinner offerings, peace offerings, blazed offerings, sin offerings, fire offerings, and the others. However, with the demise of Jesus, He was a definitive reparation for all our wrongdoings.
Whereas, the New Testament in no place orders, or even suggests, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe framework. It doesn’t assign a rate of wage an individual ought to set aside, however just says that endowments ought to be from the salary. Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and connected it as a “prescribed least” for Christians in their giving. The New Testament discusses the essentialness and profits of giving and you are to give as we are capable. Some of the time that implies giving more than 10 percent; at times that may mean giving less. It all relies on upon the capacity of the Christian and the needs of the congregation. Each Christian ought to constantly supplicate and look for God’s intelligence in the matter of taking an interest in tithing and/or the amount to give.
Most importantly, all tithes and offerings ought to be given with unadulterated intentions and a demeanor of love to God and administration to the collection of Christ. Each one man ought to give what he has chosen in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under impulse, for God adores a happy supplier.