What is a Tithe?
Tithing is giving 10% of your income. Within the Old Testament, the Israelites gave 10% of their earnings to the work of God. Tithing is a way of saying, “God, I believe that everything I have is a gift from you, and I trust you with all that I have.” When you tithe, you are expressing faith that God will continue to provide for you. And the good news is: He will! The Bible says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
Giving to God is not just a donation; it is recognizing that God has given to us first and everything is His. The Bible says, “The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1). We give because He owns everything, and He first gave to us.
The 90-Day Challenge
Tithing is a faith step. It’s like planting seeds for a harvest. You sow. You wait ten or twelve weeks. Then you reap. You don’t reap the day you sow, there’s an interval in between. In Malachi 3:9-11 we find the only place in Scripture where God invites people to test him:
“‘You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
Based on the principles in this Scripture, if you will tithe faithfully, from every paycheck for the next ninety days, if, at the end of those ninety days you do not feel blessed by God in whatever way you define a blessing (which could be monetary or otherwise), as long as you’ve documented your giving by doing it online, by check, or filled in your information on your giving envelope so we can verify what you’ve given, we will refund your full tithe.
Are you taking the challenge? Let us know!
Beyond the Tithe
Beyond the Tithe is giving more than 10%. New Song Community church has many different ways to give generously to God’s work throughout the world:
Company Matching Program
If your company offers quarterly or annual matching programs, you can multiply your donation through their programs. Learn more from your company to participate in these programs. A few companies who offer these programs are Southern California Edison, Progressive Insurance, and Qualcomm.
New Song is equipped to accept donations of stocks. Call the church office at (760) 560-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Donate your old car here and New Song gets 80% of the profits, while you get a nice tax write-off.