Resources on Giving

A formula is not presented in the Scriptures for the amount a believer should give to the work of the Lord. Minimal standards of 10% are established, but beyond that, giving is based on a believer’s conviction to help in the work of our Lord. Leviticus 27:30–33 is direct in establishing minimal standards. Note how the importance of this act is emphasized by the demand for a penalty payment if…

In the Old Testament, as today, it is difficult for people to spend time gaining a livelihood and, at the same time, carry out the complete work of the ministry. To resolve this issue, the Lord designated the tribe of Levi to carry out this responsibility for the other eleven tribes. Today our pastoral staff serves us in this capacity. In Deuteronomy 18:3–5 we find instructions for the eleven tribes…

The reasons believers should financially give to the work of the Lord are legion. One that deserves our attention is our desire to be obedient to God. Consider Leviticus 27:30–33, from the Pentateuch, which reads: Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees (income), it is the LORD’S. It is holy to the LORD. . . . This passage…

The Scriptures teach “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1 ESV). This principle is repeated in I Corinthians 10:26 where we find the words, “The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof” (ESV). The doctrine that God is the creator and owner of all things has significant ramifications to our perspective on life. His ownership includes such tangible…