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The Bible talks about different types of monetary giving, all of which form part of the stewardship that God has given us over our finances and possessions.
tithes, offering and alms
The word tithe literally means ‘a tenth’. In the Old Testament the Jewish nation honoured God with what they had, giving Him the ‘first fruit’ of everything they raised, grew or earned. The New Testament confirms this principle, and we continue to honour God in this way, declaring that our possessions are not our own, but His, and that we commit to steward them well.
In accordance with this principle, church members give a tenth of their income to the ‘storehouse’, the church. This includes pastors and staff, whose tithes go into our church planting fund. We use these finances to fund what we do to build God’s kingdom.
Offerings are different to tithes in that we give them over and above our tenths, often during the offering during a Sunday service. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that each one of us should ‘give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity’ and we believe that there is a blessing, not only in making finances available for the building of God’s kingdom, but in the principle of giving freely.
When we give to the poor, it’s known as alms and as a church family we have many opportunities to support those who are working to alleviate poverty.