A questions: Tithing vs. Stewardship

What is the difference between tithing and stewardship?

Both tithing and stewardship are part of a spiritual way of life that calls us to use all of our resources for the service of the Gospel. Everything we are and everything we have comes from God. Offering back to God something of what he has given us is part of how we worship and give thanks to God.

Tithing is the practice of giving back ten percent of what we earn. It comes from the Old English word for ten. The first scriptural example of tithing came from Abraham giving a tenth of his possessions to the priest Melchizedek. He did so as an act of thanksgiving to God. Stewardship calls us to use well all that we have and all that we are, placing all things in service of others. Stewardship helps us see the good we can accomplish by making God and our spiritual life the most important values in our life. Whatever wealth we accumulate in this life stays here. We can’t take it with us! Both tithing and stewardship help us remember that nothing is mine or even ours; all belongs to God.

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