In our church small group recently we discussed some very interesting questions. We didn’t come up with any consensus of opinion because as always there were differences of opinion.

Do we agree in giving money to our churches? There was a general agreement that the upkeep of our church buildings was expensive. There was also the thought that by selling some of the properties the money could be used for the poor and needy. What do we do about brass candlesticks, ornate lecterns and monuments that have been donated in memory of a deceased relative? Again these hidden assets could be used to help others.

Does the idea of tithing used in the Old Testament still apply today? Should we be tithing on all our income or just what is left when all essential bills have been paid? All our money and everything belongs to God anyway. Should every penny we spent be preceded by prayer?