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What does Jericho Bridge Church believe about tithing?
2 Cor 9:6-13 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. (NIV)
We believe in being good stewards of what God has given us. We also believe in being cheerful, and giving with those resources. God wants us to be faithful, no matter how little or much we have. The New Testament teaches over and over about being faithful with what you have been given. Giving is sacrificial, both for individuals and the church. Jericho Bridge gives a portion of its donations to its affiliation and accountability partner, the TrueBridge Family of Churches.
What is the difference between offerings and tithes?
Tithe means “tenth.” In the Old Testament, the tithe referred to God’s people giving the first 10% of their gross income (also called “first-fruits”) to God to fund the Levite priests’ ministry (Num. 18:21–29; 27:30). In addition to that, there were other tithes and offerings required of God’s people, including 10% paid for festivals to build community and for celebration (Deut. 12:10–11, 17–18; 14:22–27), 3% given to help the poor (Deut. 14:28–29), crop gleanings collected for the poor and aliens (Lev. 19:9–10), and other occasional additional tithes above and beyond regular giving (Neh. 10:32–33). All total, the “mandatory” Old Testament tithe resulted in over 25 percent of a family’s gross income going to God and ministry. In the New Testament, financial giving among God’s people focuses on grace, generosity, and the heart, and not actual percentages of one’s income. The word “tithe” is rarely used in the New Testament, and when it is, it is usually mentioned negatively in rebuking religious types such as the Pharisees who gave their money to God but not their hearts and lives.
Offerings are non-mandated donations and giving, over-and-above the amount given for tithes. Offerings can be given for a particular need, event, or ministry.
When we give to God, we are not deciding how much of our wealth to give; rather, we are determining how much of God’s wealth to keep for our own uses. God’s people today are not required to tithe. But, like everything else in the new covenant, grace is extended to us for giving
What ways are there to give?
At a church service
We do not set time aside during a service to take an offering. Instead, there is an offering basket on the Information table. When people have tithes and offerings to give, they place them in this basket, which is collected and counted by staff members after the service.
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