Notes on the Greek New Testament
Thursday 26 February
Today's Reading - Mark 8:11-9:1
These daily readings will take you through the New Testament in a year -
see the Reading Plan.
Quote for the Week
"The New Testament nowhere tells Christians to tithe. What Paul tells the Corinthians is not that they should raise their share of the collection by tithing, but that if they give generously to God, he will give generously to them. (2 Cor. 9:6, 8, 11, 13)
"Paul's appreciation of the Macedonians for giving 'according to their means ... and beyond their means, of their own accord" (8:3) suggests that his answer to the question, how much should one give? would be, give all you readily, easily and comfortably can, and then prove your zeal and wholeheartedness for God by giving something more...
"It may be a good idea to practice tithing as a crutch until we get used to giving larger sums than we gave before, but then we should look forward to leaving the crutch behind because we will have formed the Christian habit of giving more than 10 percent. When the amount to give is in question, the sky should be the limit."
J. I. Packer, Weakness is the Way (Nottingham: IVP, 2013), p.77-78