The First Tithe – God reveals Himself as the Creator and Owner of everything (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 50:10-12; Job 41:11; Deuteronomy 10:14; Exodus 19:5). This includes all the gold and silver (Haggai 2:8). The Bible reveals that God requires us to return to Him only a tithe [tithe means “tenth”] of what our productive efforts produce or our “earned increase”. God uses the tithe He claims as His own for proclaiming His Gospel message – the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God! It is also His system for financing His New Testament church and feeding the flock (I Corinthians 9:7-14; Hebrews 7:12). He will abundantly bless you for honoring Him in giving tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8-10)!
The Second Tithe – The “second tithe” is “an additional tithe” of one’s increase and is saved by the individual, each year, and is to be used by them and their household in observing God’s Holy Days and festivals (Deuteronomy 12:5-18; Deuteronomy 14:22-27). The Scriptures show us that we are to spend this tithe for transportation (getting to and from the feasts), lodging, food, and drink, and for rejoicing during these days (Deuteronomy 14:23-26). The second tithe is a wonderful blessing which facilitates assembly and enables us to celebrate these feasts. Brethren who have more second tithe than they will use for their own expenses can use it to help others who are in need (Deuteronomy 14:27).
The Third Tithe – God instructed His people to set aside a “third tithe” to assist those in need – such as orphans, widows, strangers, and the local ministry (Deuteronomy 26:12-13; Deuteronomy 14:28-29). This special – “second additional tithe” – is God’s assistance program that is used to take care of those with little, or no means of support, especially those of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). The “third tithe” is also a full ten percent of a person’s earned increase. However, this tithe, is saved only during the third and sixth years of a seven-year cycle. Brethren can also direct the use of third tithe to help local members who are in need. Consult with your local minister to coordinate distribution.
Important Note: Clearly state which tithe is being sent so it can be used in the manner God intended.