Welcome to our CalTab blog. My name is Noel Sanderson and I am the Interim Senior Pastor for the year. Being the Interim SP is an exciting opportunity that by God’s grace will allow us all to prepare for the next stage in CalTab’s mission. To really be effective for God we do need to change a few things. What needs to change? First, I would say that what we need is to be more generous, more faithful and consistent in our giving.
Tithing is the act of giving 1/10 (one tenth) of my income to the Lord. This is not a law, but an act of love and devotion. It is an act of worship and an expression of thanksgiving for what God has done for me. It is in no way a tax, or some kind of oppressive obligation. Such thinking can only come from people who may be religious but have no genuine relationship with God as the heavenly Father. Tithing is about love for God expressed in terms that are real and which can when surrendered to God, make a real difference in resourcing the kingdom of God.
How far do we need to go to change our giving? Approximately 1 in 3 people who have a record of giving to this church give over $1000 a year. If we are a tithing people, that means that the other 2/3 of people who do call CalTab their spiritual home, earn less than $10 000 a year. That is quite obviously difficult to believe! So something is wrong with our financial discipleship or what we also call our stewardship.
Let’s take a long hard look at our commitment to God as our Lord and Master as this affects our tithing. But is tithing in the Bible? Absolutely! If you need some further insights into a biblical understanding of tithing and financial stewardship in general, we will soon be distributing an excellent resource that will answer your questions. So look out for those. They will be in all the pews. But remember, tithing is not about being convinced by some teaching, it is about reading the Word of God and responding with faith, joy and generosity, even if that is a Social Security check or pension!
If you have questions about financial stewardship and how to get your finances in order so that you can tithe, then please approach our Trustees for guidance.