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How Much To Give My Church

How do I determine how much money to give? Most are quick to say 10% isn't this tithing rule OT? If this true for NT Christians too ...pre or post tax? Jesus wants a sacrafice (woman one coin but it was all she had) and Paul spoke of cheerful giving?

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I am usually led by the Spirit as to what to give. My circumsatances dictate what I give as well. Sometimes I am more able to give on occasions than I am at other times. But I always bring an offering with me to church.The size does not matter. I like to give seed offerings,benevolent offerings, love offerings, also. I give according to II Corinthians chapters 8 and 9.
---Robyn on 4/9/08

I believe that you should give at least 10% of your money before tax. The OT talked about tithing but it also talked about an offering on top.
---Andrew on 4/6/08

Tithing is not part of the Law. It began well before the law. Jesus actually told the Pharisee that they did well to tithe, Luke 11 v 42.My view is that ten percent is actually the minimum. It is true Paul talks of a cheerful giver. I dont think this a warrant for us to give miserably, while claiming to be cheerful.If God means this little to you, 10 percent should be your yardstick.To me its much more than that.
---pkay on 2/5/08

God has given us His love unconditionally, fully, nothing held in reserve. We cannot earn it by what we do. When we give it must be giving Him the glory, returning His love.
How? As God has prospered us (1Cor 16:1-2) with a cheerful heart (2Cor 9:7) as we would give a friend who has saved our life.
---Edmond on 1/17/07

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---Steveng on 12/24/06

Forget about this frivolous tenth or percentage debate, we are commanded to give generously and cheerfully as much as we are able. I'm content living a very simple lifestyle, my monthly bills come to about $800, I earn $2,200 in wages. I give away most of what I have left over (mostly to homeless people, the needy and the poor) and save a little for a rainy day. What else am I going to spend the money on when I have the Lord providing for me what I need.
---Steveng on 12/21/06

Christians we are supposed to give more than 10% with a loving heart.Holy Spirit will guide us.
---msengelimembe on 12/21/06

As christians we are supposed to give more than 10% with a loving heart.Holy Spirit will guide us.
---msengelimembe on 12/21/06

The Church did not live together in the same House they all had separate dwellings and lives they were just in agreement with what Jesus taught them and listened to the Holy Spirit. They were one in Gods Spirit as Jesus is One therefore they had unity.
---Exzucuh on 12/21/06

The early church (disciples) gave all, 100%, and they just lived together like one perfect theocracy
---mark on 12/20/06

To say that tithing is biblical, then, it should be done the biblical way. Biblically, "tithe" is a "tenth", not "ten percent". Tithe (tenth) and ten percent are two different things. In Israel, counting is done from 1 to 10, and for every ten count the tenth is considered the tithe. If you could only count 9 then there is no tenth or tithe to be given. You don't chop the animals in order to get the 10 percent.
---ronald on 12/20/06

Seek first the kingdom and your needs will be met you cannot pay God for blessings any one that does that does not recognize the cross.People under the law had to pay God because there was no sacrifice to pay their debt no power in the blood of animals, God was speaking to people under the law in Malachi. Jesus said freely receive then freely give and be like your Father in heaven
that blesses the good and the evil expecting nothing in return.
---Exzucuh on 12/19/06

When we pay our tithes we should always expect to recieve from God. In Malachi 3 He said that He would open the windows of heaven bless you. If we don't expected it we will probably miss it.
---Rickey on 12/19/06

If you give tithe expecting anything in return you will be disapointed. We give tithe because it is what God requires. Everything we have belongs to him anyway. Matthew 6:33 says to seek him first and he will take care of every need. All he has asked for is 10%. Jesus came to fulfill the law, not do away with it.
---faye4464 on 12/19/06

Why don't you ask God how much you should give? If you have the money and see a need God gave you that money to do Good with it. If you don't have money to give don't worry about it. If you can give 10% give it, If you can give 50% give that, Your blessing is free just like your salvation you don't have to pay for it.
---Exzucuh on 12/18/06

I agree with Rebecca D. My tithe (on gross income) goes to the church. But if the church is not helping those in need then it will go to them. Also, if you find yourself in between churches it is okay to give to the poor.
---faye4464 on 12/18/06

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My wife and I have always tithed 10% or more. This is done on the gross income, not the net. (Gross income being before anything is taken out - i.e. taxes, insurance etc.) To tithe on the net, could be that you never tithe since you can rationalize all expences as "net" income. We have never tithe anywhere but to our church. Sometimes we give over the 10% to organizations that are Christian, but not our church. There is one thing we can state, "You can't outgive God!"
---WIVV on 12/18/06

If you follow the law you will be demanded to give 10% because it isn't yours to begin with. If you listen to the Spirit He may ask you to sell everything you have and give it to the poor, not the church. That would be scarry hey? We should listen to the Lord. He can tell us how much and where to give.
---john on 12/14/06

I give my church 10% of my earnings, but what I give is between me and God and no one else. No one can tell you how much to give. If you give just to be giving, then don't give at all. You need to give with your heart
and your heart (spirit) will let you know how much to give. If I see a someone at church that is in need, I will give them my tithes. Because they to are the church the same as I am.
---Rebecca_D on 12/13/06

The rule we follow at our house is 10% of our gross earnings. And, then we listen to the Lord regarding special offerings. And, when the Lord brings someone into our path who is in need, we meet the need. If they ask for money for food, we go buy them food. If they ask for gas, we go buy them gas. If they need money for a ride somewhere we take them. It's very simple! Give if there is a need!
---Susie on 12/11/06

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I have always seen tithing as an act of obedience. God doesn't need your money, but does want your obedience to His word. Jesus said, "Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and runneth over." I tithed from when I was 16 yrs old and wasn't even saved back then. I am 48 now and prospering in all of my ways.
---Donna9759 on 12/11/06

When I was doing steward ship training for church leaders I always stressed that they used a unified budget and stewardship campaign. Not sepaprace campaigngs for for missions, building funds, and special projects. Present the needs into a single budget and present the budget to the congregation. Church leaders need to be able to plan and evaluate and prioritize their program needs.
---Phil_the_Elder on 12/11/06

The answer that Brady gave is 100% accurate. I suggest taking the money you would give to a worthless building and give it directly to someone who is in need. Find a poor family and make their Christmas wishes come true. Or anonymously donate it to an orphanage. Don't give it to a building where God does not dwell. Give your money to those who need it the poor, orphans, widows and people who are don on their luck.
---Ryan on 12/10/06

P.S. When you give to a God club/indoctrination center (Commonly called 'churches') you are not giving to God.
---Ryan on 12/10/06

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Scriptural basis for tithing? Abraham tithed of the spoils of war... not his personal belongings. Tithing as commanded in Scripture was for the provision of the Levitical priesthood since they had no portion in the Land. NT believers should contribute to their churches, true... but it is not a "tithe". Give as you are led and don't let anyone bully you into giving any specific amount.
---Brady on 12/10/06

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