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What Are Tithes And Offerings?
TITHING HONORS THE LORD
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the World, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1
As Christians, we are in a constant process of spiritual growth. This process is called Sanctification and leads us to be more like Jesus Christ in our daily lives. It also leads us to learn and obey His commands. Like the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship and Bible reading, tithing is a simple act of obedience to be used in that growth process. And it is in obeying God that we as Christians find abundant life. The word “tithe” means one tenth (1/10). It refers to giving 10% (1/10) of one’s income to the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:30 says, “Those who honor me will I honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”
How do we honor God? Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your income, with the firstfruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” This was written in a time based on agricultural economy when believers took the first and best of all their produce and gave it to the Lord—one tenth. While our system of exchange is different today, we can apply the same principle in giving to the Lord the first of our income —10%— before any earthly financial obligations.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TITHES AND OFFERINGS
While tithes are the basics of Christian Stewardship, offerings are gifts made above and beyond the scriptural tithe. Throughout the year, you may learn of financial needs beyond regular operations to which you feel led by God to contribute, such as the 2020 Plan.
ways you can support:
We would love for you to visit in person! You can give in person through Sunday School/Small Groups, the offering or by handing the offering envelope to one of our office staff.
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Contributions may be mailed directly to: Richmond Road Baptist Church, 5805 Richmond Road, Texarkana, Texas 75503. All mail is received by our office staff and kept confidential.
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