This past Sunday Pastor Candidate Vance Eden spoke on WHY TITHE? (You can listen to the message here) In light of his message and to help equip us in thinking through biblical giving I’ll be posting some thoughts from Mystery’s FAQ on tithing on the next few days. I’d encourage everyone to read and share the posts as well as look up scripture references, pray, think and talk about the subject with other mature Christians. As Vance said on Sunday, you can approach giving re-actively or responsively and we want to encourage and equip God’s people to be healthy, biblical generous and joyous in the their giving.

Common Questions on Tithing

Should non-Christians tithe?

The Bible is clear that non-Christians are welcome in church, but are not expected to give money.

Should giving vary by income?

1 Corinthians 16:1–2 Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

Should a broke college student tithe?

2 Corinthians 8:1–4 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the

Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

What should I do if I cannot afford to tithe?

You may need to begin by analyzing and re-prioritizing your spending habits with a wise budget. Ask yourself, “what has led me to being unable to give”? Some people may simply have an unusual need (i.e. traumatic injury, impoverished elderly, struggling single mom) then ask the church how they can serve you.

How much should I tithe?

2 Corinthians 9:6–8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

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