1. What does it mean to tithe? The word “tithe” means “a tenth” or 10%. In the Old Testament God required of His people that they give 10% of all of their increase. The “best part” (some translations say “first fruits”) would be like us giving God a tenth of our gross income. God promised to bless His people if they faithfully obeyed His command.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” (Malachi 3:10 NLT)
2. Does the New Testament require believers to tithe today? There is no place in the New Testament where tithing is specifically commanded. What God does ask is that believers give proportionally, according to how they have been blessed. For some this may mean well beyond a tithe. God does expect our giving to be consistent and generous.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. 2 On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once. (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2)
3. When I give at Glad Tidings Church, how is that money used? All of the giving at Glad Tidings goes to meet the operating costs of the church. This includes the salaries of all the staff, mortgage, maintenance, property upkeep costs, utilities, technology and communications expenses, missions and community outreach, and all ministry needs.
4. How can I give at Glad Tidings Church? There are three ways you can give. You can pick up boxes of envelopes at the Welcome Center that have an envelope for every week of the year. You will be assigned a number and our business manager will give you a report of your giving at the end of the year. You may also sign up for online giving at our website at www.munciegt.org or you may sign up at your bank for automatic giving and a check will be sent regularly to Glad Tidings.
5. Can I receive charitable contribution credit for my giving? If you itemize on your tax return, all giving to Glad Tidings Church is tax deductible. Our business manager will send you a receipt of your giving at the end of the year that may be used for this purpose.
6. May I support a specific ministry or missionary through my giving? While the Bible seems to indicate that our tithe should be given first and should be given to the overall ministries of the church, if you would like to give beyond that to support a specific ministry or missionary, you may note that on your envelope, on your check memo line, or through your online giving choice. Last year, designated missions giving by our congregation accounted for over $48,000 of the $110,031 we gave towards local and global missions projects.