STEP 1FIRST–TIME GIVER
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
2 Corinthians 8:12
If you have never given to the church, this is your opportunity to get involved. The gifts God finds acceptable are the ones given willingly.
STEP 2REGULAR GIVER
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
After you’ve given for the first time, the next step is to make giving a part of your life. Carve out a part of your budget that is dedicated to God each month. The blessings will be for you AND for those for whom you are giving.
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.
A tithe is 10% of your total income. In the Old Testament, the Lord commanded the Israelites tithe to support the operations of their temple worship. At New City, we ask all our members to tithe or be working towards a tithe. This is not just so we can continue to operate, but so God might “open the floodgates” and “pour out so much blessing.”
STEP 4SACRIFICIAL TITHER
God’s people faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.
2 Chronicles 31:12
A tithe in and of itself can be a sacrifice. In Israel, a tithe was the foundation and then, as the Lord continued to bless, the people brought gifts in addition to their tithes. They did this at every feast and throughout the year. In order to meet our goal, we are asking anyone who already tithes to consider what kind of sacrificial gift you can give
in addition to your tithe.
STEP 5“TWO MITES” GIVER
All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.
It is fitting that one of the best examples we have of a giver in Scripture is a poor woman with almost no money – only two mites. And yet in the story, she is exalted by Jesus because the rich gave much, but the poor woman gave
everything. At this level of sacrifice, you no longer think about how much you can afford to give, but how much you can afford to keep. For the Two Mites Giver, every asset is on the table, even those our culture would consider radical (home/land equity, investments, retirement, estate dollars).