What is tithing and how is it different from an offering?
We all live in total dependence on God. As Christians, we have come to recognize this truth and we seek to give Him honor and glory for who He is. In the area of giving, we respond to God saying, “I trust you for all my provisions...All I have comes from you.”
Giving is a major part of worshipping God in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the tithe (or 10%) was the basic amount that was set aside as God’s. Leviticus 27:30 says, “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD’s; it is holy to the LORD.” Offerings were brought as worship to God above and beyond the basic requirement of the tithe.
In the New Testament, Jesus assumed that people would tithe (Matthew 23:23). Even though we are free from specific requirements of the Old Testament Law, the basic concepts all appear in the New Testament. Further, tithing started before the Law, as Abraham tithed to Melchizedek in Genesis 14, and Jacob promised to give a tenth of all God's provision back to God in Genesis 28. Giving continues to be a focal point of the Christian experience and is echoed throughout the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 tells us “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, forGod loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
God is still looking for people to demonstrate their love for Him and faith in Him by giving of their resources. We give our time, energy, and money in our local church home. We do this to further God’s kingdom and to worship Him. We are thankful for who He is and what He has done.
Clear River Church is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. You will receive an annual giving statement from Clear River at the end of each year for yearly giving amounts greater than $100.
There are a few ways you can give
During Sunday Services
Online Via Your Bank
Clear River Church
601 N 3rd St
Lafayette, IN 47901
Gifts of stock are always welcome, and the process isn’t difficult. Clear River Church maintains an account at TD Ameritrade. The stock gift is transferred from the donor’s broker to TD Ameritrade and immediately sold.
To ensure your gift is acknowledged, please also email Kalli Noerenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, the stock name, and number of shares.
If you have problems or questions, you may call Kalli at (765) 807-5443.
Account Holder: TD Ameritrade
Account Name: Clear River Church
Account #: 929012263
DTC #: 0188