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About Tithes and Offerings

Because of many televangelists' abuses, a lot of people are uncomfortable discussing the giving of money to the church. This problem is magnified by many preachers who regularly preach sermons about giving when the dollar amount of the church's weekly offering goes down.

At Calvary Chapel, you will never hear us telling people, "The tithes and offerings are down, so please dig deep." You will never hear pleading, begging, or compelling. You will never experience harassment or manipulation about money. As far as Calvary Chapel is concerned, your giving to God is exactly that:
 giving to God.

On the other hand, we are not afraid to discuss this subject as we come to those areas in Scripture that warrant the explanation and exposition of giving, stewardship, tithing, and offering to God.

At Calvary Chapel Marysville, we don't pass around the offering plate, but rather allow the Holy Spirit to move in the believer to give cheerfully by placing their tithe in what we call the Agape box. The Bible instructs us that giving is a sacrifice of thanksgiving. In Deuteronomy 26, we are told that we take the firstfruits of God's blessings, put them in a basket joyously and thankfully, and place it on the altar.

We have recently added Online giving to our website for those who have requested a simpler way to tithe. We are living in a time when few people use checkbooks anymore, so this helps facilitate giving for those who desire and feel led to tithe in this manner. You can find the "Donate" button on our home page. 

We believe the following in regards to giving to God:

  • You're never too poor to give to Jesus Christ. People don't give according to how rich God makes them, they give according to the grace of God. The more a person experiences the grace of God, the more they give to God (2Cor 8:1-5).
  • If you give generously, then you will reap even greater blessings (Prov. 11:24-25; Malachi 3:8-10; Luke 16:10-13; 2Cor 9:6). However, you should never give to God to get from God. 
  •   You should give exactly as much as you have purposed in your heart to give (2Cor 9:7). Don't ever give under compulsion or because you've been made to feel guilty.
  • When you give to God, give to Him cheerfully and hilariously (2Cor 9:7). Otherwise, it's best if you just keep your money.
  • When you give to God, give sacrificially. David said, "I will not offer to the Lord that which costs me nothing." (1Chronicles 21:24) The widow who put two mites into the temple treasury was applauded by Jesus for giving all she had (Mark 12:43). God is blessed when we offer Him a true financial sacrifice.