Biblical Tithing Principles

1. The Lordship Principle

The tithe is one of the most basic relational covenants between man and God—it is a dedication of all our property and a recognition that everything we have comes from the Lord. (Genesis 28:20-22)

2. The Tenth Sheep Principle

The tithe was never intended to be complicated—the tenth part is a biblical symbol of the whole, and our way of consecrating all we have for the Lord’s use. (Leviticus 27:32-33)

3. The Firstfruits Principle

It is never God’s intention to deplete man of his resources, but through faith and obedience to release to him the blessing and abundance of His resources. (2 Chronicles 31:5)

4. The Storehouse Principle

The tithe is not used for the meeting personal needs or directed by personal agendas, the ultimate purpose is that there would be no lack in the house of the Lord. (Malachi 3:8-10)

5. The Relationship Principle

Jesus emphasized that tithing was not to be merely a loveless ritual, giving us a false sense of pride, but that it was to be given in the context of our loving relationship with God. (Luke 11:42)

6. The One Heart Principle

The tithe is one of the most powerful expressions of unity in a community of believers, and demonstrates a greater ability to accomplish God’s will together than as individuals. (Acts 4:32-35)

7. The Joyful Giver Principle

Since the sacrifice of faith offered by Abel (Genesis 4:4), the joyful offering of material possessions remains a beautiful reflection of the love that God first showed us in the sacrifice of His Son. (2 Corinthians 9:7)