~ G I V I N G ~
WAYS TO GIVE
The Joy of Generosity
The New Testament church in the first century describes what the early church did for tithing. We should realize that the New Testament is descriptive and not prescriptive. Descriptive describes what something is or what it is about, while prescriptive is what to do for a reward.
In the early church, the tithes and offerings of the old testament were 21.9%. In the New Testament, tithes help to pay for the pastor (1 Cor. 9:3-18), humanitarian needs, missions (Rom. 15:24, Tit. 3:13), and to support other churches (Matt. 28:18-29).
The primary position is to care for the building and the congregation. The second is humanitarian aid.
Humanitarian aid is needed to help others with electricity, food, clothing, housing, and other necessary support. You are providing the daily bread to those that cannot provide for themselves or get daily bread because of sin in the world.
The third reason is to help other churches and to help plant other churches. You find this in the epistles and acts.
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