A clear understanding of biblical stewardship will move us to discover that an integrated walk with God, the Holy Spirit, will impact on a wide range of character qualities in the life of the individual Christian, personally, and that of the church, corporately.
The following are some frequently asked questions about tithe. Pastor John Denne, who is one of our retired pastors, has put together a short Bible study on the subject, and you can find out more by following the links included in the answers below.
1. Do I “pay” tithe?
No, it is “returned” to God. He owns it (see Leviticus 27:31).
2. Can tithe be used for all of God’s work?
No, it is for the support/wages of those employed in gospel ministry (see Numbers 18:21-32, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14).
3. Can I send tithe to where I like?
Not if you follow what the Bible says. The Bible says we are to bring the whole tithe to the storehouse in the community where we live (see Malachi 3:10 and Nehemiah 10:37).
4. Did Jesus say anything about tithing?
Yes. He said we weren’t to neglect it (see Matthew 23:23). The Jewish leaders of Christ’s day, particularly the Pharisees, were meticulous in their tithe paying. Jesus acknowledges that they should have been paying tithe, keeping the Sabbath and observing the other biblical laws, but that they had lost sight of the laws as a reflection of Gods character.
5. What about the tithe of Deuteronomy 14 and 26?
Deuteronomy 14:22-29 describes a tithe to be eaten by families at the tabernacle so that they may “revere the LORD your God… [and] rejoice.” Then every three years this tithe was to be shared as a feast for aliens, the fatherless and widows. Levites were welcome to share in these celebrations each year.
6. What do I get out of returning tithe?
Blessings — many of them, as the Holy Spirit pours life into us (see Malachi 3:10).