“ Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back–given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” — Luke 6:37, The Message
As Christians and good stewards, we are taught to tithe our income to the Lord. What does it mean to tithe and why do we need to do this? See our beliefs on giving below. Solon United Methodist Church provides many ways for you to present your tithes and offerings so that our vision of “To life as a congregation in which the love of God abides” can be fulfilled: Your financial support and generosity enables us to create the quality environments that you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis. There are many ways that you can give to Solon United Methodist Church Click here to go to the Giving Page.
Everything we have belongs to God
It is vital that we understand the money and resources we have are not our own. It all belongs to God. The world belongs to Him by right of creation. The Bible declares, “All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created” (John 1:3)
We are God’s Stewards
A steward is one who manages resources. We are responsible for managing the resources for the Lord. We have an obligation to safeguard and tend what belongs to God, which is everything which is entrusted to us. “It is expected of managers that each one be found faithful.” (1 Cor. 4:2)
What is a Tithe?
The word tithe means tenth, and refers to the first ten percent of all our income. The Bible tells us that the tithe belongs to God, is to be immediately set aside for Him (Lev 27:30), and is to be brought to the storehouse (Mal 3:10). Today, that storehouse is the local church, and God wants our tithes to go to the local church for the same reason He wanted them to go to the temple’s storehouse, “that there may be food in my house.”
Start on your path to Biblical tithing by giving what you can and increasing that percentage each year until you are tithing.
It’s All About Worshipping God
Worship is anything we do whose purpose is to praise and glorify God. We worship God with our mouths through prayer, telling others of His love, or singing to Him; with our bodies by eating right, helping others, bowing in prayer, or even dancing; with our money when we tithe.
By giving God the first ten percent of our income, we put Him before the cable company, the mortgage company…even the IRS. We are saying that we believe and trust Him when He promises to provide for us (Gen 22:14) and that He will bless our lives through our giving (Mal 3:10, Prov 3:9-10).