Windsor Christian Fellowship was founded by a small group of Christians in 1982. Since the very beginning WCF has continued to tithe at least 10% of revenues. The church you see today is the fruit of God's blessing on the faithful giving of this congregation. WCF has continued to serve its congregation, this community and worldwide missions through your generous tithes and offerings.
We are so grateful to each of you who support us with your faithful giving and volunteer work. We bless you for your kindness because we cannot do the work without you. We appreciate the sacrifices you make, often unseen, except for God, who rewards you openly for what you give in secret to please Him. We gratefully acknowledge and thank you again for your love and generosity.
Tithe literally means 'tenth'. In the Old Testament, it refers to the first tenth of income that God commanded his people to give to support the work of the Levites (the priests) and the poor. Giving ten percent was not only a command under the law, but there is precedence that predates the law when Abraham gave 10% of the spoils of battle to Melchizedek, a priest who had no mother or father and who had neither beginning of days or end of life. Hebrews 7 explains that Jesus is a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek who is the first priest in this eternal order. If Abraham paid tithes to the first priest does grace diminish our responsibility today to pay tithes to Jesus our eternal High Priest? If God provided support for the work of the priests under Mosaic Law, should not the eternal priesthood receive tithes for the work of the church today?
Another example from the Old Testament shows us that God wants us to put Him first in everything we do. Cain brought fruit of the ground and was angry that God did not accept his offering, whereas Able decided to give the firstlings of his flock to God and it was accepted. Both Cain and Abel understood from God that they had to bring the first and best to Him. God asked Cain why he was angry. He told him that if he did what was right his offering would be accepted, but if he didn't "sin was at the door". Cain obviously knew what he had to do but chose not to. Giving God our first and best is an attitude of the heart marked by our willingness to obey.(Genesis 4:3, 4).
Although the term tithing is rarely used in the New Testament, we are under a new covenant, a covenant of grace and financial giving for Christians is a matter of the heart.
"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:20-21
If the Israelites were commanded to give 10% under the old covenant that could not make them perfect, how much more should we for the spiritual blessings of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that the purpose of tithing is to remember to put God first in our lives. Giving the first and best of what we have to the local church focuses our attention on Him; it reminds us that all we have or ever will have comes from God. Tithing is an act of obedience, a means of worship, and an expression of thanksgiving. It is a reason to be cheerful because we can never out-give God; He rewards us with his boundless love and gracious blessing.
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7
In the book of Corinthians, Paul admonishes the people to give cheerfully, to be generous towards the poor and to support those who preach the gospel.
"Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel." 1 Corinthians 9:14
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." When we surrender our life to Jesus, we become part of the body of Christ and, therefore joint heirs with Christ in the building and preservation of the local church. In the same way that Christ sacrificed himself for the church, we should give generously of our finances and service for the church where we are fed. Our tithes and offerings should come to the church first to help support the church leadership and ministries as they reach out to evangelize, feed the poor and help those who are hurting. Remember that you are giving to God; therefore, trusting him for your blessing. Malachi 3:10 admonishes us to bring the tithes into the storehouse, the church.
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10
What we do with the money we earn is an indication of our priorities; it reveals the motives of our heart. God wants us to be good stewards of what He has given us. He knows that giving involves sacrifice, faith and selflessness. Generous giving, whether in tithe or offerings opens our hearts to God's perspective of the world we live in. We are sensitive to the need around us and so become an extension of his compassion, a partner in his work of salvation.
First, we want you to know that we are ultimately responsible to Jesus for how we use the money from tithes and offerings entrusted to us. We have several levels of accountability built into our financial policies; we strive to be excellent stewards of your generous gifts. WCF, from its inception, has always tithed from its revenues, presently supporting more than twenty missions and other charities around the world.