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Summary: First of three-part series on stewardship. This message addresses the tithe, including Jesus' words in Matthew regarding tithing.

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Stewardship: God’s Money in Our Hands

Part 1 – The Scary Tithe Monster!

Malachi 3:10-12, Matthew 23:23

September 12, 2010

NOTE: THE ME/WE/GOD/YOU/WE FORMAT IS FROM ANDY STANLEY'S BOOK, "COMMUNICATING FOR A CHANGE." IF IT STILL DOESN'T COMMUNICATE TO YOU, IT'S NOT HIS FAULT...

Audio of this can be heard at www.aberdeenwesleyan.org.

Me: We’ll, we’re going to talk about money over the next 3 weeks I’ll be preaching.

Next week Pastor Isaac Smith will be preaching, and as far as I know, he’s not preaching about money.

But if he is, then that’s a God thing, because I didn’t ask him to preach about money, okay?

And by the way – I’m not talking about tithing and other money stuff because we’re getting the parking lot fixed here in the next few weeks.

I planned this series back in February. Well before we had plans made for the actual repair of the parking lot.

Just wanted to let you know.

I get nervous when I’m preaching about money and tithing, which is the idea that God wants us to give 10% of our income to Him through the Church.

Because I know that it has the potential to just make people turn off and tune out. And no pastor likes that idea.

In fact, as I was going through this message I was stuttering a bit, because I’m a bit nervous about how it’s going to come out.

So just know that I don’t live for the day when I can preach about giving, and especially about tithing like I’m going to today.

But I hope you’ll hear my heart about what I believe God’s Word says to us, more than anything else.

My goal isn’t to guilt you into giving or try to manipulate you into something.

We: My goal today is to help you see that the issue of giving, and especially the issue of tithing doesn’t have to be scary.

In fact, when we understand God’s Word about money and God’s provision as we handle it, then giving and tithing bring blessings from God, and we live in freedom, not fear.

I’ve been on both sides of the fence on that, and I’ll take freedom over fear any day of the week!

The fact is that the Bible talks from Genesis to Revelation about money and how we handle it – or in some cases, how it handles us if we’re not careful.

I think that the main reason the Bible talks so much about money is because it goes right to the heart of where we live.

So much of our lives are centered around financial decisions. We base so much of our decision-making energy around the simple question, “Can we afford this?”

All of us are either in that boat now or have been in it in the past.

And God has something to say to all of us, that if we’ll take it to heart, will not only help us to live in obedience to God, but make our lives a whole lot easier financially.

I can say that because His Word says it and He’s proved it in my family’s life as well as in the lives of other people in this church.

So I’m going to spend three Sundays talking about handling God’s money.


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