In a practical sense, the local church needs to support their pastors, give to missionaries, fund their local ministries and maintain property and buildings. The ones that are called upon to provide the resources are the people who make up the local church.
Giving to the local church isn't merely one good option among many. It's an imperative for every Christian.
Malachi 3:8 distinguishes between tithes and offerings. Tithes are the gifts of the first 10 percent of our income. The Bible teaches this tithe should go to God's "house."
Luke 6:38 reminds us to "Give, and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
Why do Christians give to their local church?
- The local church should be the first priority in Christian giving.
- As stewards of God’s resources.
- As an investment in the gospel.
- As a discipline to reduce greed and selfishness and produce worship, joy, and faith.
- To help the poor and needy within the church.
- To support global missions.
- Giving changes your heart.
- Giving is an act of worship.
- Giving is a spiritual discipline that produces joy.