We worship God with our whole lives, and this includes our finances. We don't give out of compulsion or to earn God's favour. In Jesus we already have God's favour, so we give as part of our worship; our response of love to Him. At Elim, we recognise that we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving.
The Bible asks us to give our first and our best back to God, and He will bless the rest (Leviticus 27:30). This "first" is the tithe, or "tenth" of our income. We return to the Lord the first 10% of what He's given to us, because it belongs to Him. The tithe is a very practical and tangible way to put God first in our lives. God does bless us when we give, but that is not our motivation.
Jesus warned us that we cannot serve two masters: God and wealth (Luke 16:13). We have to choose. Tithing settles the question, and determines that "I serve God". Tithing also frees a person up to be more spiritually effective, because Jesus taught that our spiritual effectiveness partly depends on how we handle our finances (Luke 16:11). No wonder Billy Graham said "If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life"! Tithing is a great place to start.
"Honour the Lord with your wealth, and with the firstfruits of all your increase so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine"
RECEIPTS FOR IRD
At present the NZ government allows a tax rebate, for donations given to eligible charitable institutions and churches. Dunedin Elim is eligible through the Charity Commission and our number is CC24430, which means you are eligible for a receipt. Over the year your tithes and donations are recorded and on the 31 March of each year they are totalled (by our system) and a receipt is produced for you to use in your Tax form (IR526) as evidence of your donation. We will need an address to send these to, if you will not be attending our church in the following May (when they are produced).
If you wish to give confidentially, please request a tithe number. You can use that instead of your name as we have a system that identifies the "giver" and allocates the amount given to a person's name, that few people can see.