“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a  blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it!  Put me to the test!”  

Malachi 3:10 (NLT)
 
We are focusing on our stewardship this fall. The word tithe literally means ‘a tenth.’  God encourages us to bring the whole tithe.  Tithing is 10% of your total income, not just spontaneous or even regular giving.  God asks us to give our first & best back to Him, and He will bless the rest (Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 14:23).  Not only that, God challenges us to do so and see what happens!  Tithing is the ONLY place where God asks us to test Him.
 
WHY DO IT?  Let’s be honest.  Most of us feel we work too hard for too little, and giving away a tenth can be a big – and often frightening—commitment!  Tithing is a spiritual decision so much more than a financial one; it's about training our hearts to trust God at His word.  God doesn't need our money, it’s His anyway, but He does want our heart.  He models generosity and challenges us to do the same, believing that God’s blessings will follow our obedience to His Word (Proverbs 3:9-10).  He can do more with 90% than we can do with 100%.
 
Summerfield/Peace’s mission is to Make God’s Love Real for All People by introducing people to a relationship with God and helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ.  We love watching people take ‘next steps,’ and then seeing God show up big in their lives.  We know one of the biggest steps is beginning to tithe.
 
Money is a great tool, but it’s a terrible master and often the first step is the hardest one to take.  It takes faith to give a tithe first.  The 90 Day Giving Challenge we’ve created is a money back guarantee, of sorts.  We are so convinced God’s Word is true, we commit to you that if you tithe for 90 days (10% of your income) and God doesn’t hold true to His promises, we will refund 100% of your tithe during that time.  No questions asked.
 
If you've never trusted God in this way, test Him! Accept the 90 Day Giving Challenge.
 
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