Living Generously is a Way of Life, Not a One Time Thing.
There are many ways to live generously. We can live generously by praying for people and show them love. We can use our time and our talents to serve our church and to serve others. We can use our finances to support the needs of our community, our church, and our world through a process called tithing.
Tithing is More Than a Transaction. It's a Relationship.
The Bible teaches us a baseline standard for giving: the tithe. When we give the first 10% of our income to the church, we put God first in our lives. But it's not about the transaction—it's about putting our relationship with God above everything else. Tithing is the foundation of our giving—an act of worship that expresses our gratitude, faith, and love for God and others.
Tithing—which just means "tenth"—is a giving principle taught throughout the Bible as giving the first 10% of our income back to God's purposes. It's one of the most tangible ways we worship God because it declares that he is first in our lives. By bringing our tithes to the local church, we show God we trust him and actively become part of the most important work in life that there is—spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. Dig deeper into the biblical teaching around tithing by reading these verses: Leviticus 27:30, Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:6-10, Matthew 6:19-24, and 1 Corinthians 16:1-2.