Want to know more about what the Bible has to say about tithing? Explore this page for helpful FAQs, resources, and a message from our Senior Pastor, Marty Grubbs, on the Biblical importance of tithing.
New to tithing or just have a question? Check out some FAQs and helpful answers from Crossings pastors below!
WHAT IS TITHING?
The word “tithe” means one-tenth. It’s the minimum portion of our income that a follower of Christ returns to the Lord. It can also be referred to as our “firstfruits.”
Tithing isn’t just about money–it’s a heart issue. If your heart is not right and is self-focused, not God-focused, your money will reflect that. Jesus talks about money to teach us how to handle it, the priority it should have, to warn us not to live for it, and that it should never take precedence above our relationship with God or love of him and others.
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. -Matthew 6:21
We tithe because the Bible instructs us to. In both the Old and New Testament, we’re told to bring our tithes and offerings to the church, the place where we hear the Gospel message, experience fellowship with other believers, and are encouraged in our faith walk to be able to share God’s love with others. Tithing is really a form of worship; it’s a way for us to show God that we believe and trust him to provide for us. We acknowledge that he created everything, and it all belongs to him. We’re just the managers of what he chooses to entrust to us.
Giving has nothing to do with the pastor or the church; it is just between you and God. It is a way for us to show God that we believe and trust in him.
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. -1 Chronicles 29:13-14
WHEN SHOULD I TITHE?
Proverbs 3:9 calls us to honor God with the first and the best of our earnings—the firstfruits or the first tenth. It’s the first thing you do when you budget your money. That means you tithe first and then take care of your own household: your bills, your housing costs, groceries, transportation, your debt payments, and clothing.
Our model for giving is based on God’s generosity. He doesn’t give to get something back – not even to feel good! He needs nothing from us to be complete. He gives to give, to bless, and to provide for us.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. -2 Corinthians 9:7
WHEN SHOULD I GIVE ABOVE MY TITHE?
Offerings are given above and beyond the tithe. The Bible doesn’t command us to give offerings, but it does encourage us to give generously. Offerings—since they aren’t required—reflect the generosity in our hearts and should be given only when you have the financial margin to do so. God wants us to give with open hands and hearts, to be as generous as we can within our circumstances. “Our” money and how we handle it is a key indicator of our relationship with Jesus.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. -1 Timothy 6:17–18
HOW CAN I TITHE?
You can tithe a number of convenient, secure ways.
- PushPay – you can give quickly, easily, and securely using PushPay. Set up an account or sign into your account at pushpay.com/g/crossingsokc.
- Sunday Services – you can give during Sunday services via cash or check in the offering plate or blue box.
- Mail – you can mail your tithes and offerings to our OKC Campus (14600 N. Portland Ave., OKC, OK 73134) or our Edmond Campus (1500 W. Covell, Edmond, OK 73003).
Explore our Giving page for more details on each of these options and others that are available.
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