Understanding Tithing

“Just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness – see that you also excel in the grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7

At New Life, we understand that the topic of Church and money is quite sensitive and has not always been positively handled. Therefore, the temptation for churches (and believers) is to not talk about it at all. But, money is necessary. More importantly, the way we handle it…is a very spiritual matter that God’s Word says lots and lots about! In fact, God speaks more about money than he does about love, prayer, or even faith!

It is our hope that the F.A.Q.’s can be of help to you as you seek God’s will on this issue.
(The following are excerpts from our C.L.A.S.S. 201 adapted from Saddleback’s C.L.A.S.S.)

Why Does God Want Me to Give?
  1. Giving makes me more like God – God is a giver!
    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son” John 3:16
  2. Giving draws me closer to God – I care about the things He cares about!
    “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” Matthew 6:21
  3. Giving is the antidote to materialism – it focuses us on what matters most!
    “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to be generous and willing to share. In this way they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” I Timothy 6:17-18
  4. Giving strengthens my faith – it tests my responses to God!
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of your income, and he will fill your barns to overflowing.” Proverbs 3:5,9
  5. Giving is an investment in eternity – giving ‘pays it forward!’
    “Give happily to those in need, and always be ready to share whatever God has given to you. By doing this, you will be storing up real treasure for yourselves in heaven – it is the only safe investment for eternity.” I Timothy 6:18-19
  6. Giving blesses me in return – we receive, every time we give!
    “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
    Proverbs 11:25
  7. Giving makes me happy – it is better to give than to receive!
    “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” Acts 20:35
What Does the Bible Teach About Tithing?
A tithe – a tenth – 10% of my income – anything less than 10% of my income is not a tithe.
An offering – anything I voluntarily give over and above the basic tithe.

Why Should I tithe?

  1. Because God commands it.
    “A tenth of all you produce is the Lord’s and it is holy.” Leviticus 27:10
  2. Because Jesus commended it.
    “Yes, you should tithe, and you shouldn’t leave the more important things undone either.” Matthew 23:23
  3. Because tithing demonstrates that God has first place in my life.
    “The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God in first place in your life.”
    Deut. 14:23
  4. Because tithing reminds me that everything was given to me by God.
    “Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Deut. 8:18
  5. Because tithing expresses my gratitude to God.
    “How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?” Psalm 116:12″Each of you should bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.” Deut. 16:17
  6. Because God says that refusing to tithe is stealing from Him.
    “God says, ‘Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me!’ But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ God says, ‘In tithes and offerings…bring your whole tithe to my house.”
    Malachi 3:8-10
  7. Because tithing gives God a chance to prove that He exists and wants to bless you.
    “Bring your whole tithe to My storehouse. Test me in this,” says the Lord, ” and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you won’t have room enough for it! I will prevent pests from devouring your crops and the vines in your fields will be protected from plagues.” Malachi 3:10
  8. Because tithing proves that I really love God.
    “If you love me, do what I command.” John 14:15″…I want you to be leaders also in the spirit of cheerful giving…. This is one way to prove that your love is real, that it goes beyond mere words.” 2 Cor. 8:7b-8
What/Where/When Should I Tithe?
  1. What
    The first part of what I earn, not the leftovers. At New Life, we believe that that means giving our tithe based on our gross income not just our net. We seek to give God the best of all we earn, not just all we take home.“Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income.” Prov. 3:9-10
  2. Where
    To my local church. At New Life we believe that there are many worthy causes to support, but that the tithe should be given to the local church where you worship and are served. Love gifts and offerings, over and above your tithe, may be given wherever the Lord directs.“Bring you whole tithe to my storehouse (Temple)…” Malachi 3:10
  3. When
    The first day of every week. At New Life we believe that giving a tithe each Sunday gives you an opportunity to place God at the head of your financial world and to remind you of His Lordship and gracious provision in your life.“On the first day of every week, set aside some of what you have earned and give it as an offering. Theamount depends on how much the Lord has helped you to earn.” I Cor. 16:2
What Should Be My Attitude in Giving?
  1. We are to give willingly.
    “For if the willingness is there, your gift is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you don’t have.” 2 Corinthians 9:12″Each of you should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under pressure…” 2 Corinthians 9:7a
  2. We are to give joyfully.
    “..for God loves a cheerful giver!” 2 Corinthians 9:7b
  3. We are to give generously.
    “They gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with is for the privilege of sharing in this service.” 2 Corinthians 8:3-4
  4. We are to give expectantly.
    “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
  5. We should give personally and sacrificially.
    “I cannot take what is yours and give it to the LORD. I will not offer a burnt offering that has cost me nothing!” 1 Chronicles 21:24-25

    “Then a poor widow came and dropped in two pennies. He called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you, this poor widow has given more than all the others have given. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
    Mark 12:42-44
  6. We should give humbly.
    “Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give a gift to someone in need, don’t shout about it as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone, don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.” Matt 6:1-4
My Financial Goals
    1. We recognize that God is the owner of all we have and are. It (and we) belongs to him. We are called to be faithful stewards and wise investors of His resources. And, He will call us to accountability for our use of those resources. It is our goal, at New Life, to continually strive to steward those resources well…and…to progressively release more and more of those resources for His use as we serve the needs of the poor, the seeking, and our Christian community!
    2. Our financial goals center around the principle of 10-10-80.
    3. We give 10% back to the Lord in the form of a tithe.
    4. We save 10% for ourselves and our families in long-term savings and emergency resources.
    5. We spend 80%

We wisely spend the rest for our current living expenses.

Steps to the Full Tithe
At New Life we recommend that each believer, as a starting place of faith, commit to bringing the full tithe (10%) to the Lord! However, we also recognize that sometimes life choices and poor financial choices do not always permit that step all at once. Therefore, we have created the following tool to help you make concrete steps toward the full tithe.

  1. Calculate your weekly tithe by dividing your gross annual income by 52 weeks. Multiply by .10 for your full weekly tithe amount.
  2. $______ divided by 52 = _____ X .10 = _______ (full weekly tithe)
  3. Write full 10% tithing goal on line A _________(line A)
  4. Write current giving on line B_________(line B)
  5. Calculate the difference between line A & B and record on line C_______(line C)
  6. Divide line C by 4 and record on line D_________(line D)
  7. Add Line B (current gift to Line D and record on line E. _____ by Feb.
  8. Add line D to line E and record on line F. _____ (line F) by May
  9. Add line D to line F and record to line G. _____ (line G) by August
  10. Add line D to line G and record on line H. _____(line H) by Dec.

If you follow these simple steps, you will be giving God your full tithe in just one year!!

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