Giving

Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s 2nd Look.

If you check out YouTube, type in “why tithe,” you will see a great many sermons arguing over whether we as Christians are required to tithe. This is a good discussion but let me draw your attention to this link: What Is the Difference Between Tithes and Offerings?

https://www.gotquestions.org/tithes-and-offerings.html

 

This article describes the differences between tithes and offerings. I agree with this website, we are not required to tithe as the Israelites once were. I do believe, however, that God calls us to live generously. In this calling is a blessing for us. We see God do so many wonderful things in our lives, and through the offerings we give that this call to generosity is really a blessing.

 

Alyssa and I grew up in churches that taught everyone should tithe 10 percent of their income. For us, we brought this into our marriage. We actually give more than 10 percent now. God has provided for us throughout our marriage. At SNC we don’t want to give you a percentage. Some of you may feel called to give less than 10 percent; others may feel called to give more. The real idea here is that we are called to be generous and to share where there is need. When you look at the early church in Acts this was clearly evident.

 

I invite you this week to spend some time in 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, and 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Paul is not only talking about God’s calling to us to live generously but also that the Lord will bless us in this. How does this encourage and/or challenge you?

 

Have a great week everyone and may God bless you!

Pastor Ryan