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Financial offerings are one expression of our devotion to God. They are a sign of thanksgiving and blessing as we share the gifts we have been given. Returning a portion to God so that God’s ministries can happen at New Life Church helps the tangible presence of God be experienced by so many others.

In the Bible we are taught about how God needs for us to respond with faith and step into generosity and even sacrifice.  What follows are tools to help us be able to do so.  They are benchmarks not demands.  They give us a mindset and a vision by which to set our goals.

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First Fruits

Honor the LORD with your wealth,  
   with the firstfruits of all your crops;  
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,  
   and your vats will brim over with new wine. – Proverbs 3

 

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The Bible shares with us some concepts that have been part of people’s faith stories for a long time.  One of the expressions is that of “First Fruits” giving.  What this means is that when we consider our giving to God, we take the first and most important part of what we have been given and earned to be given before all else.  Why the first?  Jesus said to seek the Kingdom of God as the most important aspect of how to order our lives.  Everything else then falls into its proper place.

People who practice first fruits giving, even as part of their weekly budget do report a great satisfaction with themselves for they know that they are contributing to not only the welfare of others, but to the benefit of the grand plan of God, even for their own lives.  It feels good to set aside God’s portion in praise and thanksgiving before setting apart anything else.  In fact, some report that doing this helps them to honor their family budgets as well.

Tithing

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” – Malachi 3

 

 

Many have heard the word, “tithe”, before.  It’s an odd word for us today.  Some think of it as a Bible word for the offering that they give to God.  But, it is so much more than that.  In this section, we’ll explain what a tithe is and in the next section, there will be an opportunity to figure out what might be the tithe that comes as a result of what God has given.

Simply put, a tithe is 10 percent of what we have been given by God.  It is an acknowledgement that God is continually blessing us with resources not only for ourselves, but also so that we might participate in the care of the world and for people.

More than anything, tithing brings blessing.  The passage from Malachi mentioned above gives a promise from God for those who tithe what they have been given.  It’s a pouring out of blessing.

Ten percent?  Is that gross or net income?  Is it before or after taxes?  The question is valid and the practitioners in the Bible offer no answer to a question that was not even on their minds.  They were just aware that their souls needed to give back to God.  And, this was a good model for doing so.

Below is a percentage chart to help people know where they are currently are and where they may move incrementally toward the 10% tithe.

Financial offerings are one expression of our devotion to God

They are a sign of thanksgiving and blessing as we share the gifts we have been given. Returning a portion to God so that God’s ministries can happen at New Life Church helps the tangible presence of God be experienced by so many others.
We have introduced a progressive and faithful concept called online or “automated giving.” This makes it easy for you to regularly make your contribution to New Life using the internet at your convenience. There are a number of ministry funds to support. You can choose to have the monies given from your checking, savings, credit, or debit card accounts at regular intervals or make one-time gifts. All of our automated giving is Internet secure and is tax deductible.
Make a difference and give online today!

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