Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Why We Tithe
We didn’t always tithe. We made all the usual excuses: children in school, payments, bills, uncertain economy. Anyway, we were giving what we could at the end of each month. That should be good enough, we thought. But when we began to study Scripture, we found that it was not enough.
From Genesis 14 on, God required a tenth, and He required it first. At the end of the Old Testament, speaking thru His prophet Malachi just before His 400 years of silence, He plainly said that failing to tithe was equal to robbery! The point is, everything, including our money, is His, and giving a portion back to Him acknowledges Him as the true owner of what we have and proves that we put Him first, ahead of everything else. Furthermore, our tithe is to go to His church, not another good cause of our own choosing.
When we were introduced to the Step-Up Plan of stewardship, we realized how dismally short we had fallen. The numbers don’t lie, and while we had felt very satisfied that we had been “doing our fair share,” we had really been fooling ourselves.
The Step-Up Plan of increasing giving by one-percent looked pretty simple, and 1% was a baby step that was easy to take. Low and behold, as we stepped out in faith, God met us each time! We didn’t wait until the next pledge drive, we kept stepping up! We couldn’t out-give God! The promise that follows the indictment in Malachi 3:8-10 is echoed by Jesus in Luke 6:38. We claimed that promise, and now we testify to His faithfulness.
We earnestly believe that if our congregation, as a church, would tithe, the blessing of heaven would pour out on our church. Instead of a shameful deficit, we could be funding life-changing ministries and missions in an unprecedented way!
Why do we tithe? We tithe in obedience to God’s expressed Word, out of gratitude for His blessings on our lives, and in praise and worship of who He is! We invite you, too, to accept God’s challenge and experience first-hand what He can do! He is exceedingly able!
Nancy and Gil Bridges