I've heard preachers attempt to define these terms as different portions/proportions of giving money to the church that add together to form the total of what a church-goer is supposed to give to the church. Please define these three terms and demonstrate how they apply to the New Testament church (if at all). Please use Scripture to support your definitions. From the start, by doing extensive study of the subject myself, this is what I have come up with: 1. Tithe: An Old Testament practice of giving a tenth of the increase of one's produce (livestock and food) to the Levitical priesthood, and the poor and strangers within the gates. There are anywhere from one to three different types of tithes mentioned, yet at least one of them (if more than one) occurs once every three years and involves a celebration of praise with sharing with each other, eating, and offering sacrifices to God. Never was money mentioned in the tithe, except if the journey to the celebration was long, the family could convert their tithe to money, and bring the money to the celebration, and purchase titheable commodities. 2. Offering: An Old Testament practice of burning something on an altar to the Lord. Part of one's tithe was offered as sacrifices to the Lord at the tithe celebrations. So far I have been unable to find a use of the word "offering" that has to do with anything other than burnt sacrifices. 3. Gifts: Something given out of charity, whether money or other assets. This does seem to be a New Testament practice, as it is the only term I have found in the New Testament that has to do with this subject. What say ye?