Why is tithing important? Should we tithe today?

The tithe is 10% of our income, and it should be given to God faithfully. Tithing is one way to worship God—to honor Him as our provider and remind ourselves that all of our resources belong to Him and are provided through His grace. Throughout Scripture, we are encouraged to give the first part of our resources to God as an expression of honor and gratitude. Proverbs 3:9

Our tithe is to be brought to the “storehouse”—in the Old Testament that was the temple, in the New Testament, that’s the church. Many question if tithing is only an Old Testament practice and if tithing is applicable today. In the New Testament, Jesus affirmed the practice of tithing. Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. Jesus recognized the importance of keeping the tithe and we should, too. The Apostle Paul encouraged Christians to give to those in need and to those who were ministering in the Gospel (2 Corinthians 9:6–15). When we tithe today, we enable those whom God has called to serve in ministry to faithfully build up the Church and expand the kingdom of God. The practice of tithing provides a regular reminder of our dependence on God. In good times, tithing helps us remember that God is the source of all blessings, and it allows us to demonstrate our gratitude for His care. In hard times, tithing motivates us to remember God’s faithfulness, and it enables us to demonstrate trust in God to provide for all of our needs.

Can I have assurance of salvation, or should I keep getting born again? The assurance of salvation is, simply put, knowing for sure that you are saved. Assurance means freedom from doubt. The problem is that many followers of Jesus Christ look for the assurance of salvation in the wrong places.By taking God’s Word to heart, you can have no doubt about the reality of your eternal salvation. The Apostle John wrote an entire chapter to assure God's people that they are indeed God's people.

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