Why should I give to the local church?

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…”

Psalms 24:1

As Christians, we believe that we are stewards of God’s resources because He is the owner of all that we have. Throughout scripture, we are reminded of the importance of giving back a portion of what God has so generously provided. His Word tells us that giving is an act of worship that should be done with a spirit of thanksgiving.

Giving is important. Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell, or prayer. In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.” In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

We give because it is a privilege to the Christian. The storehouse spoken of in Malachi is what we consider the local church. By partnering our monies together, God’s work is done more effectively. Even Paul recognized this in the newly formed churches of the New Testament. He tells the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”

What are tithes and offerings?

At Templo Jerusalen, we believe that we are stewards of what God has given to us. Therefore, following what the Bible says is of paramount importance. Simply, tithes are giving the first 10 percent of your income to the church.

Consider the following texts:

“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” Leviticus 27:30

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:8-10

In the Bible, those who follow Christ should be separating their first 10% of income for the purposes of building the ministry.

While the tithe is giving back to God what it is his, the offering is what we give in addition to the tithe. This type of giving is over and above and should be done with cheerfulness (see 2 Corinthians 9:7).

Consider the following New Testament texts regarding generosity:

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7

“Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

How does the church use my money?

We consider all of the money given to be used for missional purposes. Salaries, maintenance, evangelistic materials, and funding ministries is all done with the purpose of seeing people far from God know salvation through Jesus Christ.

Our members are provided regular reports in regards to how monies donated to the church are being administered. If you are not a member, yet contribute to the church, you can request a copy by calling our church office.

To summarize: Our time, our talents, and our treasure are all generous gifts from God. And because of this we give cheerfully and sacrificially of our finances as part of our worship to him. We steward these gifts through the church so that more people can meet Jesus (2 Corinthians 8-9).