What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering?
The word, “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
Why do we tithe?
The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “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 out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Is God wise? Do you trust him?
These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.
How should I give?
Text-2-Give is here, and it’s a fast, convenient, and secure way to give to Crossroads.
It’s very easy to do:
- Text to 955-77 with the message “CrossroadsCC” followed by a space, then the amount you want to give.
For example, “CrossroadsCC 50” will send $50 directly to Crossroads. Use a decimal point if you are giving cents. If you use “.50” it’s fifty cents, while “50” is fifty dollars! That dot makes a difference…
- You’ll be directed to a sign-up form. If you want, you can register so you won’t have to enter all kinds of info. You can save more time by giving us more information. The next time you text-2-give, you won’t have to be redirected to the form.
- Repeat the process for all future offerings!
Note: All offerings go to our General Fund.