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.

Oaks Church is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. You will receive an annual giving statement from Oaks at the end of each year for yearly giving amounts greater than $100.

There are a few ways you can give

During Sunday Services

You can easily give using cash or check during one of our Sunday services. Just grab an envelope under the chair in front of you, fill out the information on the front, put your gift in the envelope, and drop it in the basket when it is passed around.

Online Via Your Bank

Nearly all major banks and a growing majority of smaller banks now offer free online banking. If your bank provides an online bill payment option, you can send money to Oaks that way. All you have to do is make a payment payable to Oaks Church and input our address. Your bank will then mail a check to us on your behalf. As long as your bank includes your name on the check (most of them do), then we can still track these offerings for your annual giving statement just like any other form of offering. You'll need to find out the specifics of your bank's policies on this service, but again, most of them will provide this option at no cost to you.
 
Online bank payments can be sent to: 
Oaks Church
2901 N Oakwood Ave
Muncie, IN 47304

Online Via Our Website

By clicking on the button below you will be taken to a secure page where you can easily give your tithes and offerings online. Please keep in mind that with each gift about 2% of it goes towards fees collected by the credit card company.