Should You Give to Your Church First?

There are a lot of great, Kingdom-advancing non-profits out there. So should you give to them or your church first?

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In this week’s episode, we answer these listeners’ questions:

  1. Does it matter which debt I pay off first?
  2. Do I tithe on gross or net income?
  3. Should business owners tithe on business income or personal income?
  4. Should I give to my church first?

And here is this episode’s Money Challenge:

If you have not done so already, start giving to your local church. If you already give to your church, consider whether or not it aligns with the four giving principles found in the Bible. If your giving doesn’t, figure out what you need to adjust.

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2 thoughts on “Should You Give to Your Church First?

  1. I noticed on Dr. Chuck Lawless’ Facebook post via Twitter that you mentioned the 4 giving principles found in the Bible and challenged us to determine whether our church aligns with those in regard to our giving. I teach a Bible study group in my church and would like to know those 4 principles specifically and how to consider whether my church meets them. In fact, I will be teaching a study on tithing in about 10 days and would like to include some of your comments in my presentation. So I would be grateful for your comments.

    • Hey, Brenda. Thanks for asking. The 4 biblical principles are found in my books, “The Money Challenge” and “The Marriage Challenge.” They are:

      1. Giving is to be a priority (Proverbs 3:9).
      2. Giving is to be done proportionally (Malachi 3:10).
      3. Giving is to be done sacrificially (2 Samuel 24:24).
      4. Giving is to be done cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).

      Let me know if you need anything else.