Funding & Tithing
How is Whitewater funded, and why is tithing so important?
Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, and its budget, is totally financially dependent upon God’s provisions. These provisions come through the faithful tithes and offerings of the people who care and are committed to the ministry of this church. Giving is one of the seven core values of our church (WW7).
The word tithe means a “tenth.” It is first used in the Bible in the book of Genesis chapter 14 in the second half of verse 20 where the text states, “Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” Abram was the patriarch of the future nation of Israel and in response to winning a military victory Abram gave a tithe of what he had acquired to a priest of God Most High. Later in Israelite history, the tithe and additional offerings were codified in the Mosaic Law as commandments to be obeyed.
In the very last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, we find that the Israelites were not being faithful and obedient in giving their tithes and offerings. “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 our so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it’” (Malachi 3:8-10). God commands his people to test him by being faithful with the tithe – nowhere else in scripture does God utter such a command to test him.
As Christians, we live under the new covenant (or testament) in Christ. While Christ never requires a tithe, he never abolishes that directive either. On one occasion while speaking words of condemnation to the Jewish religious leaders, Jesus says in Matthew 23:23, “You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
The general principle in regards to giving in the New Testament is that all that we are and all that we have is to be at the disposal of Jesus Christ and His kingdom. A tithe, in our mind, is a good minimum standard for Christians in their giving since it was commanded in the Old Testament and never revoked in the New Testament. We believe that Christians, as God’s people now, can still “test God” in tithing and still see that he will “pour out so much blessing” upon them.
In addition to commands found in the Old Testament, the Bible offers us a lot of wisdom and counsel in regards to giving. Below is a list of principles and scriptures to aid us in giving:
Give cheerfully – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Give generously – 2 Chronicles 31:5, I Chronicles 29:11-17, I Timothy 6:17-19
Give systematically – Deuteronomy 14:22, Genesis 28:16-22, Proverbs 3:9-10
Give reverently – Matthew 2:11, Deuteronomy 14:23, Leviticus 22:20, Malachi 1:6-9
Give proportionally – I Corinthians 16:2, Deuteronomy 16:17, Exodus 35:5, Ezra 2:69
Give faithfully – I Corinthians 16:2, Deuteronomy 14:27, 2 Chronicles 31:4-8
Give joyfully – 2 Corinthians 8:2, 2 Chronicles 24:10, 29:36, I Chronicles 29:17
Give willingly – 2 Corinthians 8:12, Exodus 35:21-22, I Chronicles 29:6
Give regularly – Deuteronomy 16:16, I Corinthians 16:2, Nehemiah 10:35-39
Give expectantly – Malachi 3:8-10, Genesis 28:20-22, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Give eternally – Matthew 6:19-20, I Timothy 6:19, Mark 10:21, Hebrews 11:13-16
Give extravagantly – John 12:1-8, Mark 12:41-44, I Chronicles 29:2-9, Exodus 35
Give thoughtfully – Haggai 1:3-11
As stated above, Whitewater Crossing Christian Church has no other source of funding beyond the tithes and offerings of people. A number of ways exist for people to give to the Lord’s work at WCCC. Most people contribute to the church by cash or check, but they can also give through year end gifts, electronic fund transfers, stocks, mutual funds, wills or life insurance policies. Gifts given to the church, unless designated, go to our general fund operating budget which funds staffing, ministries and facilities. Designated gifts are accepted for approved capital improvements, building projects, benevolence needs, missions and specific ministries within the church. Our church leaders ask that designated giving be “over and above” people’s regular giving through the tithe. Offering envelopes are mailed monthly to members who wish to use them.
We encourage you to begin trusting God today by being a ‘cheerful giver’!
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