How to Tithe

 

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The principle of tithing goes back to the earliest parts of the Bible. There are several ways in which Israel was commanded to bring one tenth of their crops to the Lord.

In the earliest churches, it was recognised that we are no longer under the Law, but we still have a responsibility to contribute to the upkeep of the church and provide for those in leadership.

You don't have to tithe, but God has promised to prvoide abundantly for those who not only tithe but give generously to those in need.

To work out your tithe, take a look at your weekly or fortnightly pay slip. Where it says "Gross Pay" take that number and remove the last digit- that's the tithe. For example, if your gross pay is $1500 then the tithe is $150. If you have other income sources, such as investments, then you should do the same with them.

It is important that we don't get too obsessed with accounting for every dollar. Jesus condemened the Pharisees for tithing their mint plants (i.e. a very small "crop") but neglecting the more important issues of the Law.

Your tithe should go to those in authority over you, that is your local church. Money that you give to other ministries doesn't count as a tithe. It doesn't hurt to support other ministries, but your first responsibility is to your local church.

These days we don't carry cash as we used to. The tradiion of the tithes and offerings being collected at the Sunday gathering is slowly dynig out. If you want to find out about how to give to New Life, please click here