Tithing and Giving

Note:  I originally wrote this article back in February of 2012 on my old blog.  This subject came up recently in a class I was teaching, and I thought this would be a good time to post it here on my current site.  Since the main goal is to bring a clear definition to the word “tithe” I have decided to file it under my Christian Dictionary category.

There are many different types of offerings described in the Bible. In the Old Testament, instructions are given for tithes (Deut 14:22), wave offerings (Ex 29:27), burnt offerings (Lev 9:16), first fruits (Lev 23:9-14), and sin offerings (Num 29:11), just to mention a few.

In the New Testament, instructions are given for free will offerings (2 Cor 9:7), and there are many examples of being generous and sharing with others (Acts 2:44-45).

Problems and confusion come in when you mix and match the different offerings and their associated instructions, selecting which parts to keep and which parts to ignore. The purpose of this study is to examine the offering known as tithing, giving an overview of the practice as it is defined in the Bible. Continue reading

Church Definition

I believe that words are important.  If we all have different definitions of a word, confusion will undoubtedly enter into our conversations.  Unless both parties in a conversation have the same idea of the meaning of the words in that conversation, there is no chance at having full clarity.

Over the course of time, the meanings of words can change because of various reasons.  Every now and then, I add words to my “Christian Dictionary” category on this blog when I feel like there is some value to be had by Continue reading

Spirit Filled Community Part 3 – Individuals In Community

Title:  Individuals in Community

Subject Matter:  In this class, Dave tells us more about how we should view ourselves in the context of community.  On what basis do we relate to others?  How do we weigh the needs of an individual and the needs of the group as a whole?  Dave covers this and more in part three of the Spirit-Filled Community series.. Continue reading

Spirit Filled Community Part 2 – Different Functions Within a Community

Title:  Different Functions Within a Community

Subject Matter:  Spirit-filled community looks much different than other examples of community we see in the world.  In this class Dave Ford gives us some interesting things to think about when it comes to community structure, and different roles and functions of community members. Continue reading

Spirit Filled Community Part 1 – Intro and Overview

Title:  Intro and Overview of Spirit Filled Community

Subject Matter:  What should it look like when God’s children, who are led by the Spirit, live and relate to one another in community?  What does the Bible have to say about this?  In this class Dave gives is an introduction to Spirit Filled Community Continue reading