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Frequently Asked Questions about Tithing and Stewardship

What is biblical tithing?

In general, biblical tithing refers to the practice of giving one tenth of one's income for the work of God. In the Hebrew Bible (also called "the Old Testament"), tithing was understood as a response of gratitude and an obligation. In the light of the New Testament, some Christians believe tithing is still an obligation, whereas other Christians understand tithing to be a loving, freely-chosen response to God's gracious provisions for life God's grace! Tithing is understood by many Christians to be a very helpful discipline of one's faith life.

  1. What is a tithe?
  2. What is biblical tithing?
  3. What is stewardship?
  4. Is stewardship just about money?
  5. What are some of the most important biblical references to tithing?
  6. How does the New Testament deal with the opportunity to tithe?
  7. What are some of the most important biblical references to stewardship?
  8. When one tithes, does one base the tithe on gross or net income?
  9. How do I learn more about tithing and stewardship?
  10. Is it possible to speak with someone at The Tithing and Stewardship Foundation about other questions?