We recognize God has given us everything we have, so we give back through our tithes and offerings.
Giving is a vital part of spiritual formation and maturity. It requires two things of us: faith and faithfulness.
Giving is an active expression of our faith. It recognizes God as our true provider. It also affirms our confidence in His ability to supply all we need. It is an act of gratitude and dependence. Giving allows us to partner with God and His work through our church locally, regionally and globally.
Giving requires the highest standard of personal integrity and discipline. It is not a casual or occasional thing. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, we are instructed to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. Through our tithes and offerings, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us.
Why do we tithe?
The word "tithe" means one-tenth (1/10). It refers to giving 10% (1/10) of one's income to the Lord. In Malachi 3:10, we learn God’s standard of the tithe, or first tenth, being set apart in all of our earnings as a gift to God. Like the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship and Bible reading, tithing is a simple act of obedience and mark of spiritual maturity. And it is in obeying God that we as Christians find abundant life.
How do we honor God through tithing? Proverbs 3:9-10 says, "Honor the Lord with your wealth and from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine." This was written at a time when the economy was based on agriculture. Believers took the first and best of all their produce and gave it to the Lord. While our system of exchange is different today, we can apply the same principle in giving to the Lord the FIRST of our income, before any earthly financial obligations. After all, everything we have was given to us by God, so in tithing we are simply giving back a portion of what is His anyway.
But can you afford to give 10% on a regular basis? If you love and fear God, you cannot afford not to give. If you will write that first check each week/month to the Lord, upon the authority of His Word, He will make sure you have all you need. Maybe not all you want, but all you need.
What about offerings?
While tithes are the foundation of Christian stewardship, offerings are gifts made above and beyond the scriptural tithe, designated to specific areas or special events. While tithes are given to the church directly, offerings are given within or outside of the church, such as donating to disaster relief or the local food pantry.
Within the church, you may learn of financial needs beyond regular operations to which you feel led by God to contribute. Offerings made to such specific areas are called "designated gifts," and when making contributions to those areas, you must specify where you want that money to go. Some of those areas include:
Budget - All contributions designated for the budget are used to pay for expenses in the everyday operations of the church.
Building Fund - All contributions received for the building fund go directly toward the principal on current church loans.
General Missions - All contributions designated to general missions are used to support various mission trips all around the world.
Special Designations - In times of need, your offerings have helped those who were victims of natural disasters.
how to give at central
We encourage all of those who are part of our church family to give — not out of obligation but out of a spirit of worship. Your gifts allow God's work to be done in our midst, in our community and in the world around us.
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Mailing address: Central 1991 FM 158 College Station, TX 77845
For any questions regarding giving, contact Audra Murphy at 979.776.9977 ext 222 or
. Feel free to visit our offices (2nd floor B wing) during our normal business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
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