WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TITHES & OFFERINGS?
One of our guests yesterday asked a great question. “What is the difference between the tithe and offering?” The biblical standard for giving to the Lord is the tithe. The tithe is 10% of your income. It is given for the purpose of supporting the ministry and outreach of your church.
It is an act of worship that signifies that all that we have comes from the Lord and so we give our gift to Him first, not last. Listen to what the Lord says in Malachi 3:10:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me 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.”
God challenges us to give a tithe and then watch Him pour out blessings in our life.
We don’t give to be blessed. If we did, then it wouldn’t be a gift – it would be an investment! A gift has no strings attached. But my story and others like me is the same. When you tithe, God multiplies what you have in ways that are difficult to explain. And tithers tend to grow in their ability to manage their money as well.
So what is an offering? An offering is a gift over and above a tithe. It is giving to something we are passionate about – or some special need or vision we want to support. It could be a project or ministry inside or outside the church. As we give beyond the tithe, God grows our faith and multiplies His blessings even more.
Most people tithe through a series of steps. First they give something. Then they give something regularly. Then they give a percentage of their income regularly – eventually increasing it to 10%. And finally they begin to give offerings well beyond the tithe. There are several ways you can give each week.
- Online giving at ovbc.net/give
- Bank draft giving online or by calling the church office.
- Placing your gift in the offering plate or giving through your LifeGroup.
Blessings and I look forward to seeing you Sunday,