“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” -Acts 20: 35
We recognize all the gifts that God gives each of us in our lives and we know that all that we have comes from Him alone. As we turn to scripture, we read many stories of faith shown through giving up time and talents. This was customary to Christian and Jewish practice as part of their faith. And while it’s important to give our time and our talents by doing things like serving on a mission team, a committee or knitting a prayer shawl for a neighbor in need, the practice and word tithing specifically refers to financial giving.
Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.”
Fruit is just a biblical way of saying that you should give first—before you do anything else with your money. Tithing wasn’t put in place for God’s benefit, He doesn’t need our money. Tithing is meant for our benefit because sacrificing a portion of our income helps us look outside our selfishness and makes us more aware of the needs of others. One of the main purposes of tithing is to support the needs of pastors, the ministries, the work of the local church and the needs of the community. It reminds us that we don’t own anything in this life, we’re only managers of what He’s given us and that God is in control.
We pray that in your Christian journey that this, as well as other practices become part of your faith journey.
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United Methodist Global Ministries
How is the money spent?
When you give to Exton United Methodist Church’s general fund, you are supporting our local ministries, the United Methodist Global Ministries, the needs of our local community, and annual operational expenses of our staff and facilities. With our special communion offerings, those donations are given to various organizations throughout the year, with a 100% direct donation to the organization from us. If you would like more information about our communion offerings, please contact us using our contact form or calling us at 610-363-0103.
We offer a few ways that you can give!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29: 11
As we put our trust in God’s plan, we prayerfully lift up the following projects as we continue to steward God’s resources entrusted to us. These projects will allow us to reduce costs and maintain the level of safety and operational standards to keep the church building and support systems functioning properly.
If you would like more information about giving toward special projects, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at (610) 363-0103.