Festival Tithe

The Festival Tithe finances the “Festival Assembly” (Heb. 12:23) of God's people. Basileians submit their Festival Tithes to the Fellowship they relate to. In the Old Covenant era the Festival Tithe financed the tithers themselves to cover the costs of their family's participation in the three annual congregational feasts or “Festival Assemblies:” the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Feast of Weeks (Deut. 12:6-7, 17-18; 14:22-27; 16:3, 13, 16). Rejoicing before the Lord at the feasts caused Israel to remember their deliverance from Egypt (Lev. 23:41-43). The express purpose of participating in the feasts was “that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always” (Deut. 14:23). And the fear of the Lord, as the Scripture says, is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 1:7). Thus the Festival Tithe served to strengthen the covenant confession of Israel to live under God and His Law, setting Israel apart from other nations. And so today, Basileia likewise uses Festival Tithes to facilitate the times and places of Festival Assembly worship.

Also see Community Tithe, Eucharistic worship, Festival Assembly, Tithe, and Vocational Tithe.