Why we pay tithes and give offering?


The original definition of the word tithe derived from the Hebrew ‘Aser’ meaning ten. Many of the hundreds of laws given by God to Moses are related to tithing and offering. Another description of tithes is a reverent and willing response to giving a portion of your earnings towards God’s work. Luke 4:8


1. To Honour the Creator. “Render… unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).

2. To Acknowledge My Heritage. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs
according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

3. To Fulfil the Covenant. “For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious” (II Corinthians 3:11).

4. To Show My Love. “Many waters cannot quench love” (Song of Solomon 8:7).

5. To Fulfil an Obligation. “Ye pay tithe…:these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23).

6. To Escape Condemnation. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me… in tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8).

7. To Spread the Gospel. “So hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel” (I Corinthians 9:14).

8. To Avoid a Curse. “Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me” (Malachi 3:9).

9. To Enjoy God’s Blessing. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse… and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it “ (Malachi 3:10).
(See also Luke 6:38).

10. To Be Consistent. “Be thou an example of the believers” (I Timothy 4:12).

Prove God by giving to his work £10 out of every £100. As a church with tithing and offering from God’s people we were able to purchase a much needed mini bus for the mission work in Kenya and sent several barrels containing non-perishable items and clothing to people in need in Zambia; conducted crusades in Kenya, Zambia, India, South Africa, Philippine and the West Indies.


We have also been able to give donations to various needs both at home and abroad such as bibles and books to churches and local schools; bicycles were purchased for Zambia for use by local pastors; a house was rented to establish the senior pastor for the first five years in Zimbabwe and a range of other projects.