Summary: Here is a sermon by Pastor Dre encouraging us to put God first in our Finances...
"Can I get your A-Tenth-tion please"
This morning I would like to start a 2 part series on Tithes and Offerings.
Now I know some of us may be getting nervous right about now, because you say oh man here the preacher goes talking about money.
Well I would like to encourage you today to look at it like this.
The preacher is not trying to get money from me, but the preacher is trying to get money to me.
Also, if this is your first time here and you are visiting. We don't preach on money every Sunday, but you just happened to pick a good Sunday to come and learn how to be blessed.
Ok we are going to start this 2 part series off this week on the subject of Tithes.
Tell your neighbor you are going to be blessed, if you catch this...
Before I get into the subject of Tithes let me read this joke that I came across and then we will get into the teaching.
My Pastor will find me Illustration:
There were two men shipwrecked on this island. The minute they got to the island, one of them started screaming and yelling.
"We're going to die! We're going to die! There's no food! No water! We're going to die!"
The second man was propped up against a palm tree and acting so calmly it drove the first man crazy.
"Don't you understand?!" We're going to die!!" the first man said.
"You don't understand. I make $100,000 a week," said the second man.
The first man looked at him quite dumbfounded and asked what difference does it make? We're on an island with no food and no water! We're going to die!!!"
The second man answered, " You just don't get it. I make $100,000 a week. I tithe. My pastor will find me!"
1. What is the definition of the word Tithe:
The two primary words translated "tithe", "tithes", and "tithing" are maaser from the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance and also asar from the Strongs concordance.
Maaser is defined as "tithe, tenth part".
Asar (depending on the tense) means "to tithe, take the tenth part, give a tithe, take a tithe".
Now, the basic meaning is "a 10th" or, as we might say now adays, "10 percent".
So a Tithe basically means to take out 10 percent.
Now there is something that you and I need to know and that is the practice of tithing predates even Old Testament law.
We see that in Genesis 14: 18-20 In response to God’s blessing and faithfulness, Abraham tithed, which undoubtedly led to God blessing him...
Although the New Testament does not command believers to tithe 10 percent of their income, there is also no statement declaring the Old Testament plan of tithing 10 percent to be no longer valid.
Though some people believe tithing was never intended for New Testament Christians, there are many others that do.
We as Victory Outreach Church believe - God designed tithing helps the ministry in its quest to spread the good news of His gospel throughout the world and We as Victory Outreach ministries have been giving a God given Vision and that is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every major inner-city of the world.
In just a few weeks we are going to be sending a team out to the city of Durban, South Africa. The exciting this is we have already signed the lease for the house where we are going to be having our Men's Home.
Now let me ask us a question.
How are we going to support this work that we are sending to Durban?
We are the ones that are going to help support them - you know.
Why because we are sending them out.
Now listen to me Church, this is just the beginning and it is not going to stop with Durban - we already have a Church in Pretoria, we already have a satellite in Mitchell's Plain, but did you know Mitchell's Plain has over 1.5 million people in it. Just one Satellite is not enough, we can have 100 satellites with 1,000 people in it and still not reach the whole city.
As a matter of fact, the ministerial team and the leaders of our Mitchell's Plain Satellite are already putting strategies together on how we can launch our more Satellites into the city of Mitchell's Plain.
Not only that but Johanesburg is crying out, Port Elizabeth is crying out, George is crying out, and we can go on and on.
Now lets bring it to us.
When we send these works out, how are they going to impact the city with no money.
Now we are the base, right?
Ut Oh I said we are the base for Africa right?