The topic of giving, or tithing (giving a tenth), is hotly debated, both inside the church and out. Here at The Point, we keep things simple and rely on what the Bible tells us about giving.
Because We're Thankful
We believe that giving is done out of a heart of thanksgiving and appreciation for all that God has done for us and continues to do in our lives. Generous living reminds us that all good things come from Him and creates in us a heart of gratitude.
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Because We Trust God
When we choose to give God that tenth of our income, we say, in effect, that we trust that He takes care of us. Giving illustrates our awareness that He is our provider — not our job, an investment, or even our ability to earn an income.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
Because It's His Anyway
Throughout the Bible, we see that all things belong to God. The Old Testament describes giving a tenth of land, animals, and all things valuable back to God as a way of remembering that everything good comes from Him to begin with.
“Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord.”