Why We Give
3 Reasons to Tithe
Tithing reflects a grateful heart that wants to give back to God a portion of what He has given us; in reality, what is already His. Tithing is our opportunity to show God that He is first in our lives. James 1:17 says that ‘every good and perfect gift is from above …,’ so we have an opportunity to tangibly show God He is the ‘owner’ of our finances by giving back to Him the first of what He gives us.
1. Tithing reflects our heart.
What is the most important thing to you? Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 that ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ We can see the reality of that in the world today and the exaltation of the financially successful, and more personally you can see that by looking at your own checkbook.
2. Tithing is biblical.
Long before tithing was a practice of the Israelite people, Cain and Abel, the second generation of the human race, brought an offering to the Lord. The Lord blessed Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s. Abel brought the ‘firstborn of his flock,’ while Cain brought ‘some of the fruits of the soil’ as an offering. God wants to be first. The following scriptures show how tithing is biblical.
3. Tithing is a benefit.
God’s kingdom is built on multiplication, not division. God uses the tithe as an investment where everyone involved gets a return on the investment. Obviously, the church and the kingdom are blessed, and yet God’s nature is to also bless the giver. This principle is highlighted in the passage below.
2 Chronicles 31:4-10 Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything. And the children of Israel and Judah, who dwelt in the cities of Judah, brought the tithe of oxen and sheep; also the tithe of holy things which were consecrated to the Lord their God they laid in heaps. In the third month they began laying them in heaps, and they finished in the seventh month. And when Hezekiah and the leaders came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and His people Israel. Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, ‘Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.’
Tithes & Offerings
Tithes and Offerings: Those who call Fusion their “home” church regularly give a tithe to the Lord. The word “tithe” means “tenth” and it is a way of honoring God with the first 10% of our income. It enables all of us to succeed in His personal and corporate call on our lives. Tithing is one of the Lord’s tools for ushering us into a generous lifestyle. We also give offerings in addition to the tithe.
General offerings are given above the tithe and represent free-will offerings. These special gifts are unrestricted and can be directed among ministries as the church leadership deems necessary.
Missions giving and pledges helps support long-term missionaries. We support missionaries who have been sent into key locations throughout the world. Offerings given to this fund help Fusion leadership support our financial commitments to our sons and daughters in the field.