Take the Six-Month Tithe Challenge
Why do we tithe? The Bible says the purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your life (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB). Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God's personal invitation to an outpouring of His blessing in your life.
The word "tithe" is derived from the Hebrew word 'ma'aser,' and it literally means 'the first tenth.' The first ten percent of everything belongs to the Lord.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says, "'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.'"
This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put Him to the test. In other words, He is saying, "Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me!"
One way South Bay Bible Church encourages you to honor God in this area of your life is by committing to tithe over the next six months. Not only will you be obeying God, but God will bless you in return.
We will help you through the Six-Month Tithe Challenge and encourage you along the way.
So - what do you think? Are you ready to take the Six-Month Tithe Challenge and experience God's best for your life?
Simply sign up for the challenge below, and we will send you some resources to get you started as well as a FREE copy of The Treasure Principle.
Tithe Challenge Stories
From Mike D. | January 25, 2017 | Total Commitment
I had never tithed, but after joining South Bay Bible Church I decided I was going to increase my weekly offering to eventually tithe. By November I was giving at 6% but after the sermon on tithing in late fall I made a firmer and total commitment to tithe. That first Sunday in December I made my first bigger offering and also added to it for the Christmas offering.
Now my sister had her house up for sale for over a year and had a few people look at the house but she did not have even one offer. That weekend after I made my commitment and made my first new offering my sister had people look at the house and they made an offer which was accepted. The house is in contract now. To me that is not coincidence that is God working and honoring His promises. Also that same day the offer was made something else happened. My sister has been out of work for two and half years not collecting any income waiting to get a disability hearing. She had been living off her savings which she is close to running out. On that same day as the offer she received a notice for her hearing for 2/3/17. To me that is also not coincidence that is the power of the Lord at the right time.
When I rented my apartment in September 2016 I had to give two months security. I wrote them back at the end of September of this year to have one month security returned to me due to my timely payment of rent. I did not hear from them at all and kinda forgot about it. Well my security job income for January was going to be lowest of the year by about $500 short of what I need. I figured to tough it out, but in the first week of January out of the blue I received in the mail a check for my security deposit. Instead of being short I have enough and was able to give more to the Christmas fund. Again that’s not coincidence that is God at work.
I have always heard stories of the blessings people have received by putting their faith and trust in the Lord whether it is tithing or completely surrendering to Him. Now I know from experience that it is true.I
From Wanessa | November 16, 2016 | Immediate Prayer Answered
I am brand new to South Bay Bible Church, and two weeks ago, I lost my job of 10 years. I've been so sad about this. This past Sunday, the pastor's message was on giving, and he challenged the church to take the six-month tithe challenge. I sensed the Holy Spirit wanted me to do this, so I checked the box on the Communication Card and decided to put God first in my life and finances. I did not know how I was going to pull this off with no job, but I marked the card anyway by faith. About an hour after coming home from church, I received a call, and it was a new job offer! I am so excited and praise God for showing me His love and kindness so quickly.
Mike & Charlotte | August 27, 2015 | What I Gained Far Exceeded ... Those Checks
Mike and I each came into our marriage with a commitment to tithing. This is the story of how I came to this place. During my first marriage I moved away from my evangelical Christian upbringing to a place where going to church was more about being seen by the right people, and giving was closely related to getting credit and attention for your largess. After my divorce I returned to my Southern Baptist roots. Not long afterwards we did a study on Randy Alcorn’s Money, Possessions, and Eternity. As a single parent, giving was a leap of faith because I was barely making ends meets with a low-paying job and irregular child support payments. I began practicing first fruits, writing checks for exactly 10% every time I had money to deposit in my account. The Lord provided, every time. What I gained far exceeded the amount of those checks.
From Bill | June 17, 2015 | I Was Broke
I was broke, paying my Master card with my Visa. I was an unsaved man but God was working on me. So what does one do? I quit a good job and started up a new sales business because my heart told me this was right. I heard the Gospel on family radio, started going to Calvary Baptist Church. Jesus showed mercy to me and saved me. I was still broke, but now I was the son of the King. It was great- other people should know about this. So I went deeper into debt, but I started to donate to God’s work. Funny thing happened along the way- my sales business exploded. I was making more money than the president of the company, paid off all my debts, bought stuff, and began looking for more ways to give to God’s work. The Lord has a sense of humor!
David & Tracy | January 23, 2015 | We Chose to Tithe
We began our tithing journey in 2005. Every Sunday we diligently gave. In 2008, our life changed on many levels. This was the most difficult time for our family. Through all these testings, we persevered with diligent tithing into the Kingdom. We believed 1 John 4:4, "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." We believed Philippians 4:19, "My God shall supply all of my need according to his riches in glory, but Christ Jesus." We knew that our heavenly Father will always provide our needs. We got to the point where we were choosing between tithe or food, but God always showed up and provided the food and what we needed during that dark period of our life. We have since moved forward and been blessed to have a successful business, and we continue to tithe the first 10% of our income into the Kingdom. The most important thing the Lord taught us through this process is to be fully aware that everything is His! We are here to manage for Him, the better we manage, the more we are blessed.
Brad & Janet | January 20, 2015 | Is He Not Faithful?
Financial hardship is a difficult thing to bear. When monthly bills regularly exceed monthly income it’s very stressful. It takes a great deal of commitment and obedience to faithfully write that check for a full 10% of your income when the money could be used to catch up on delinquent bills. But who are we to withhold from the Lord what belongs to Him in the first place? Satan can be very clever in convincing us that we earned that money, so it is ours to do with what we will. And isn’t it God’s will that we pay our creditors? But to enjoy a deeper relationship with God we cannot be obedient in part; we must be obedient in full. We cannot pick and choose in which areas we will obey the Lord—we must commit ourselves to Him completely. Does not God know our needs? Is He not faithful and just to meet those needs? I have always taken great comfort in Matthew 6: 25-34. How much more valuable are we than birds or flowers in the eyes of our Father? The blessings we receive in return for obeying His word are greater than we could ever hope for, particularly from an eternal perspective. So, as for our house, Brad and I choose to serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).