Since God is generous in his love and provision, we are living as a reflection of God to the world when we are generous.
At New Vida, we encourage our members to give generously. Many of our member practice a habit of giving known as tithing. This discipline of giving involves donating 10% of one’s income to the church. The church then uses this money to advance the Kingdom of God initiatives as expressed throughout the various ministries of the congregation. Some give simply an offering, not necessarily 10% of their income, it could be more or less than a tithe. Some not only practice a discipline of regular giving, they may also practice special or even sacrificial giving. One of the special giving practices that is encouraged among our members is participating in Faith Promise, a method we use to support Christians serving in vocational missionary roles.
The members and attendees of New Vida often give through on Sunday during our offering time. Others choose to give online, using a debit or check card. You can follow this link for our online giving portal: Give Online
All donations received are recorded for the purpose of compliance with IRS standards.
The practice of tithing is based in a system God established. When the twelve tribes that descended from Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, entered the Promise Land, following the Exodus from Egypt, God set aside one of the tribes for a special role in the greater community. This tribe known as the Levites, did not receive an inheritance of land to provide for their families. Rather, they were supported through the tithes of the other tribes (Numbers 18:20-21).There were other offerings that were given beyond the tithe. The giving of the 10% was principally to support the ministers.
The early Christian community described in Acts does not appear to have limited its giving patterns to tithing. We see examples of people selling off their possessions to support those in need (Acts 4:31-37) and others opening their homes for gatherings and supplying the needs of those in attendance (Acts 16:13-15). In the letter to the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul gives the church instruction about a relief offering that was being collected to support Christians (1 Corinthians 16).
The Apostle Paul challenges the church in Corinth even further as it relates to giving. He wanted them to “excel al in this gracious act of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT). It seems he saw their generosity as an expression of the faith and love (2 Corinthians 8:8).
The discipline of giving is a place where we receive and extend grace. It is not a “magical” formula. It doesn’t require God to help us or grant us special favor. Yet it does work in help transform us into a clearer image of God.