19338 Beaver Dam Rd, PO Box 67, Beaverdam, VA 23015
Beaverdam United Methodist Church
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Friends, United in Christ, Nurturing Each Other and the World
 Tithing
      The foundation and essence of the Christian life is to follow Jesus with all that we are and hold nothing back. To be a disciple means that our financial lives will be inseparably connected to our worship. To be a lover of God is to be a giver; to be filled with the Spirit is to be filled with the very essence of our generous God. In other words, when we get saved our wallets must be converted as well!
     When we give God our lives it also includes our treasure (our time, talent and money). According to Jesus, the places and people we give our treasure to, are the keepers of our heart and the objects of our affection.
     Tithing is the practical and consistent way that we put God first in our lives and develop healthy spiritual habits. If we say, “Jesus, You are my Lord and God, You are first in my life,” and then put Him last in our budget, that's a contradiction that cannot be justified in light of scripture.
     Tithing is the tangible way that we put God first in our lives and clearly establish our priorities and who we are serving.
     The purpose of tithing is to teach us to always to put God first in our lives. Tithing is the spiritual practice of giving back to God the first 10% of all that we earn. The word “tithe” comes from the number "ten" in Hebrew, and means a tenth. So simply put, for every $10 you earn or receive, the first dollar belongs to the Lord. Here is the most famous verse used to teach and support the principle of tithing - “On the first day of every week each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.” 1 Corinthians 16:2
     So giving and being blessed, tithing and living under an open heaven of blessing, and sowing generously in order to live the blessed life are themes that run throughout scripture.
     We tithe, we bring the first and the best, and we practice the spiritual disciplines of consistent and sacrificial giving because of grace! The entirety of our giving is in response to what Jesus has done and is doing in our lives.
     We would encourage you to examine your heart, be honest before the Lord, and do your best to increase your giving as God prospers you.
     So for those who are just getting started and not sure you can step out and fully tithe, here are some suggested starting blocks for you:
  1. Start where your faith is
  2. Start with a percentage
  3. Be consistent in your giving as an act of worship
  4. Increase that percentage as your faith grows
     Our goal is that every person that calls Beaverdam UMC their home church would tithe! We want you to live with that spiritual discipline, acknowledging God with the first and the best, and experiencing the consistent blessing of God.
      It’s the consistent and generous giving of the few that enables us to employ our pastor, pay the overhead costs of the church (e.g., heat/air, repairs, etc.), support the missions of the United Methodist Church, and build a church for the glory of God.
      This is God’s pattern for financing ministry, not man's. So we will continue to encourage people to live life with an open hand, be consistent givers, bring their tithe to the church, and watch what God does over the long haul.