At Living Hope, we believe in the principle of tithing. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the biblical standard for giving and we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the Church, as God commands.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim with new wine.”
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."
Giving is one of the central themes in the Bible. Jesus talked more about this subject than Heaven, hell, or prayer. To understand what it means to be a Christ-follower, we must understand what it means to be a giver.
The tithe, or “first fruits”, of our labor/income belong to God. We find this principle all through God’s Word. Tithing, giving God the first 10% of our income to the local church, is the primary practical way we acknowledge that God is first (Proverbs 3:9-10).
An offering is giving over and above the tithe. The Bible says that by giving generously, we are able to “take hold of the life that is truly life” (1Timothy 6:18-19).
3. The Gift of Giving
The gift of giving is a spiritual gift that God gives to some people (Romans 12:8). It is a Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by giving of your material resources, far beyond the tithe, to further the work of God. Those who want to, can use their gift of giving to help accelerate the vision of Living Hope Church of God.
Many people love to give to God and want to feel confident in the organization through which they give. At Living Hope, we want people to understand that they are giving to God through the church, not to the church. As we openly share the honesty, integrity, and spiritual values that guide the financial practices of Living Hope Church of God, we believe people can focus on what God is calling them to give and trust that He is leading our church to steward it well.
The giving of tithes and offerings is worship to Jesus. Giving is not considered a business transaction but an act of worship and an expression of gratitude to God. That is why we don’t have people fill out pledge cards or make faith promises.