PRINCIPLES FOR GIVING
1. Disobedience in Giving Equals Stealing from God (Malachi 3:8)
God gives a clear warning: to withhold a biblical portion (10% of total household gross income) is to steal what is rightfully his. The principle is “firstfruits” — giving back to God first, with the first he has entrusted to me.
2. Giving Reflects a trust in God as our Provider (Malachi 3:10)
God challenges us to “put him to the test.” As we obey what he asks, he promises to meet our needs. We like to say, “90% with you and God is greater than 100% on your own.”
3. Tithing is a good Starting Point in Giving (Matthew 23:23 & Hebrews 7:1-2)
The tithe is a universal principle, not just an Old Testament command. If someone wonders where to begin giving, 10% is a good starting point. Anything given over and above the tithe is called an offering.