WHY DO WE GIVE?
The first reason we give is because here at TheCHURCH at Visalia we believe that WE CAN'T OUT-GIVE GOD. One of the many verses in the Bible on giving is found in Proverbs 3: 9-10 “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” In other words what God is saying is that it is impossible out give Him. When we give to God, God always gives us back even more.
The second reason we give is because GOD GAVE. The most popular verse in Bible says “For God so loved the world that he gave His only son.” God gave His son and Jesus gave His life. Through Christ, God has given us an abundant life on this earth and eternal life in Heaven. God is a giver. If we are going to become more like God, if we are going to become more like Jesus, then we are going to have to become givers and not takers.
So why do we give?
We give because we believe that we cannot out give God and because God gave to
WHAT IS TITHING?
A tithe (which means “tenth”) is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income that is to be given back to the local church and is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible. When we tithe, we are expressing worship in the one tangible way that we have to put God first in our lives.
Bringing our tithe is an opportunity for us to give God our thanks, to show God we trust Him and fight against greed in our hearts…all while allowing us to be a part of the most important work in this life and that is spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ!
If you would like to read more about what the Bible has to say about tithing, check out these passages: Leviticus 27:30, Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:6-10, Matthew 6:19-24 and I Corinthians 16:1-2.