Why Do We Give Tithes and Offerings?
Worship, in its very definition, leads our minds to the idea of service, of giving of ourselves to someone or something else. One of the practical ways we do this is by giving of our money to the Lord. The “tithes” are the first fruits from what we have earned that are returned back to the Lord for His service. The "offerings" are those gifts that go above and beyond the initial tithe to support the work of the church. As we give we show our submission to God as the true owner of all things and obey His command to give (2 Cor. 9:7). We also embrace the truth of the gospel which reminds to give generously as Christ gave (2 Cor. 8:7-9), knowing that our true treasure is in heaven (Mt. 6:21).
“The gospel allures our hearts to support the work of the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul teaches that a giving heart is created and sustained only by God’s undeserved giving of Christ to sinners as proclaimed in the gospel. Paul depicts financial giving as an act of grace. He urges believers to excel in acts of grace (2 Cor. 8:7) in order to advance the work of the gospel. Sacrificial, joyful, generous giving is a chief implication of the gospel being the gospel (2 Cor. 8:2; 2 Cor. 9:7). Generous giving is the overflow of a heart allured and won by grace. It is not forced by guilt, fear or selfish desire for reward (2 Cor. 8:8-10; 2 Cor. 9:7). Only the gospel causes a heart to overflow in a wealth of eager, cheerful generosity towards others (2 Cor. 8:2-5).
Like Paul to the Corinthians, we invite you to support the ministry of HPC in order to advance the gospel (2 Cor. 9:10-15). Our collection is an integral part of the ministry of the gospel. Your generosity will not only supply the needs of the saints but also overflow in many thanksgivings to the glory of God (2 Cor. 9:12-13)!”
Throughout all of scripture the people of God are called to support His work by giving His money back to Him (Lev. 27:30, Deut. 12:6, 2 Cor. 8). He doesn’t need our money to accomplish His work, but then again, neither do we. All that we need God generously supplies in the way He ordains. So, as we give we must remember that we are only stewards of the things in our care, not owners, and it is only right to give some of those things back to the One who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Col. 1:17).