What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering?
The word, "tithe" literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
Why do we tithe?
The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (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.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: "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's saying, "Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me."
Is God wise? Do you trust him?
These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God's invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.
Give Your Tithe
Giving to Decade of DestinyGive Now
Your giving in this first three-year phase of the Decade of Destiny fund will be used to:
BEGIN 4 NEW PROGRAMS
Are you ready to get physically healthier TOGETHER? We’ve teamed up with three leading medical professionals – Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman for the Daniel Challenge. Starting this January, they’ll help energize us with a comprehensive fitness and wellness program. And this is just the beginning!
Our goal is to enrich your life, family, and other relationships by using our new Rancho Capistrano campus as a retreat center. We’ll use this beautiful place to reduce your stress, focus your life, and grow your career and family. Our hope is that you experience the presence of God in that peaceful setting.
Your Career Development
We want you to go into the next decade equipped with tools and learning skills that will enable you in your career or in your endeavors to obtain a new career.
Be committed to becoming financially free. We’ll be offering more classes, workshops, and counseling to help you get out of debt and manage your money for the future.
BROADEN 4 OUTREACHES
Our goal is to empower our first generation to mentor our second generation.
We have always been strategic in what cities we plant new Saddlebacks. And now, we plan on going national and global! We are looking at Paris, Tokyo, and other strategic cities around the world.
Upgrade and Expand Technology
In order to keep afloat in this ever-evolving technological world, we need to upgrade some of our technology, while also investing in new screens, cameras, and a mobile studio that will provide HD quality video from any campus.
P E A C E
Although we’ve reached an incredible PEACE goal this year, there are still people in need of the Good News. We are going to the last unreached people groups in the world. There are 3600 people groups without a single church. Saddleback hopes to give them one.
BUILD 4 NEW PLACES
Another Worship Center
This new 1,000 seat venue will be utilized throughout the week as well as on the weekend. It will be located centrally on our Lake Forest campus, allowing for better parking access and shorter distances to our children’s and student areas.
A PEACE Center
To make it even more convenient to reach out to those in need, we’re going to house all of our compassion services at one location at the Lake Forest Campus: the food bank, free clinic, car repair, counseling, thrift store, and bookstore.
A Training Center
We’re going to train members, church planters, worship leaders, and second career staff to be a part of church planting teams through a new academy at Rancho Capistrano.
Worship Centers For Our Campuses
As we seek to enlarge our church family by opening new Saddleback campuses; we want them to have a place of worship. Decade of Destiny offering given at each regional campus will go to building fund accounts for each particular campus.
Our goal is to plant Saddleback Churches in 12 strategic cities around the globe to reach the people who don’t know Christ in those communities, who with the help of
other churches can reach the remaining 3,800 people groups to hear and experience the love of Jesus Christ. God wants those from EVERY nation, tribe, people and
language in His family in heaven. This is an opportunity to invest your life to show Christ’s love.
I want to invest in: