Summary: This is a semron on stewardship and tithing that connects giving with the blood of Christ shed on the cross for us. Emphasis is on God providing for his Bride (Israel and the Church). God’s good gifts should motivate us to give a portion of them back to
Message: Brides, French Fries, and Money
Topics: Money, Tithe, Heart, Love
Date: Dec. 4, 2011
Pastor: David McBeath
This sermon is based on an illustration in a sermon called "Whose Fries Are These" byRick Gillespie- Mobley
Today is the last message in our stewardship series. We began this series emphasizing the fact that we should approach our work as worship. The next week we talked about Thanking God for everything he provides! Last week we discovered that God commands us to invest in heavenly or eternal things. This week my message is Marriage, French Fries, and Money.
Like I said last week, “If anyone is uncomfortable about a sermon on money and stewardship, it is definitely me. The last thing I want to do is contribute to the impression many have that churches are primarily concerned with money. I know it may look self-serving for a pastor to talk about stewardship, but money is a spiritual issue and needs to be addressed first and foremost because the Bible has more to say about money that almost anything else. As we are going to see the Bible tells us money is an issue of the heart. It identifies our heart’s true love.
Now as I recall, last week’s service went a little long and that reminds me of a story. It’s a story about a Dad and his son who went to church together. The service was good. But, during the ride home the Father complained to his son about it being too long. The little boy was quiet for a minute while he thought about the service. He rehearsed in his head all that happened. As he did, he remembered what his Dad put in the offering plate. Then he said, “Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for a buck.”
For far too many Christians, this is their approach to investing in eternal things and giving to the church. They think to themselves I can give God a buck or two. I can give him a little bit of what I have left at the end of the week. This morning we are going to discover what God calls this type of nominal, empty giving and talk about French Fries (Yes, French Fries) to help us understand how our nominal giving makes God feel. Finally, to spur us to better giving we will consider the great gifts God has lavished on his Bride Israel and the Church.
Please turn to Malachi 3:6-10a. But before I read, let me ask you this question. What causes the most tension, the most stress, and the most fights in the typical marriage? Yes, MONEY or FINANCES! OK, Malachi 3:6-10. Follow along as I read:
“I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings! You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.”