4 Important Questions About Giving to The Mill
1. wHY DOES GIVING MATTER?
There are basically two reasons. First, because God commands us to give to the cause of Kingdom in the Bible. It is not an optional gesture He leaves to our discretion. Jesus actually talked about money more than almost any other subject. He did not do so because He was infatuated with getting rich. In reality, He died naked and poor by worldly standards. He addressed the subject of money and wealth because he knew the way people earn, spend, save, invest, and give their money is the clearest indicator of their true priorities and passions. It is why he said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21, ESV). Second, the ministry and missions of the church cost money. The gospel is free but getting the gospel into people’s lives happens by using buildings, pastoral staff, curriculum, events, parking lots, utilities, etc… Even this website you are using cost money to build and maintain. So your giving matters to God and to us, greatly!
2. DO I HAVE TO GIVE MONEY TO ATTEND THE MILL?
Of course not. You won’t find any cover charges at the door. We joyfully offer all of our weekly ministries free of charge and we don’t pressure anyone to give. We are unapologetic about asking people to help us carry out our mission but that is where we stop. What we really want is the person, not their money. When their heart and soul join us, their whole life will follow.
3. how do people give to the mill?
People literally give all sorts of ways for all sorts of reasons. The traditional way is to place one’s tithes and offerings in the offering plate during the worship service. Others choose to mail their offering into our financial office. Many people have found setting up a direct draft through their bank is a convenient and consistent way to give. Finally, some prefer to give online through our website. Faithful givers typically allow their giving to match their income. If they are paid weekly, they give weekly. If they are paid bi-weekly or monthly, then they usually give bi-weekly or monthly. As you can see it really depends on what works best for each person and all of it is greatly appreciated because it truly does make a difference.
4. so what exactly is tithing?
Believe it or not, many people, even those familiar with church, cannot answer this question. We think you deserve a clear explanation. It can get a little complicated. Hopefully listing 10 related truths will help you understand the biblical concept of tithing.
- The tithe (10% of one’s income) was given by God to man as a part of the Old Testament law. It was more than 10% in certain cases (Gen. 14:20; Lev. 27:30).
- It was the starting place for followers of God to begin their giving. There are numerous examples of God’s people meeting the tithe and then exceeding it out of a faithful and generous heart (Ex. 35:21-22; 36:5-6; Deut. 16:10; I Chron. 29:9-10, 16).
- Tithing is affirmed throughout the entire Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi.
- Christ’s life, death, and resurrection brought the perfect completion to God’s law (Gal. 3:10-14). Because of Christ’s work on the cross, all believers are under God’s grace but are required to walk with God by faith just as the people who followed God did before Christ came.
- Therefore, it cannot be taught that tithing is a requirement to know or follow God. Faith in Christ is the only requirement to know God personally. However (and this is BIG however), when Christ becomes one’s Lord then he/she will desire to conform every area of his/her life to His will, including their finances (Mark 8:34-35).
- All of the law given in the Old Testament has application in our lives today even though we are not required to uphold the law in order to be in a relationship with God.
- Jesus actually offers an affirmation of tithing in his rebuke of the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23 when he says, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Notice He does not say that tithing is to be neglected but it is supposed to come from a heart justice, mercy, and faithfulness.
- Giving under grace should come from a grateful and cheerful heart because of what one has been given through Christ. However, it should also be based on a sacrificial standard proportionate to one’s income (I Cor. 16:2).
- By acknowledging the Old Testament pattern of giving and accepting the New Testament gift of grace it can be concluded that 10% of one’s income is a healthy, biblical starting place for one’s contributions to his/her local storehouse or church. But it should be viewed as the starting place to a life of giving by faith.
- A great pastor named Adrian Rogers said it best when he told his congregation, “No modern day believer under grace should be out given by an Old Testament believer under law.”