Summary: A sermon on the Biblical reasons to tithe.
To Tithe or not to tithe…
*I have broken my sermon series to bring to you a message that needs to
be given. As leaders, sometimes we can get caught up in the details and
look at things without realizing that the congregation at large doesn’t
know most of the details we are caught up in.
*I bring this message this morning on giving because we need to do better
as a church. I believe we can.
*Throughout the years, God has released great blessings when his children
whole-heartedly followed him. If you “Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to
overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
(NIV). What a great promise from Scripture! Do you realize that this
inspired promise still applies to us today? Deciding to make your tithe a
starting point in your giving allows God the opportunity he’s looking for
to bless you in ways he would not otherwise.
*The book of Malachi reveals how important the tithe is to God. When his
people refused to honor him with their wealth, God actually accused them
of stealing from him:
“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. 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 you will not have room enough
for it.” Malachi 3:8-10 (NIV).
*God’s word says that when his people obeyed him by tithing, he would
shower them with material blessing. But when they refused to follow his
wishes regarding their giving, the Bible says they fell “under a curse.”
*Sometimes, Christians get swept up in a debate over whether or not we’re
required to tithe, when that’s not the real question. The real question
is, does the promise of Malachi 3:9-10 still apply today?
*There is not a passage in the New Testament that rescinded this promise,
just as I have found no New Testament passage that ever rescinded God’s
rainbow promise about a flood.
*Do you believe God will never destroy the earth by water again? How do
you know? Your confidence is based on the promise found in Genesis 9.
This promise did not have to be restated in the New Testament in order to
be valid today, just as the promise of Proverbs 3:5-6 about guidance did
not have to be restated. God’s promise in regard to tithing is no
different. Our decision to give 10% of our income back to God reflects
our reliance on him as the source of al our blessings. This kind of faith
pleases the Lord and brings abundant blessing.
*I don’t want us to fall prey to legalistic righteousness and require the
New Testament to command us to tithe before we use this simple measure as
a generosity standard. We could miss many of God’s richest blessings if
we refuse to take him at his word.
*Both biblical principles and practical experiences demonstrate the power
of tithing in a Christian’s life. Since God’s word repeatedly uses the
sowing and reaping illustration to encourage giving back to him, it’s a
powerful exercise to see what will happen when we take him at his word
and tithe as a starting point for giving. What will we reap?
Power Principle 1 Tithing motivates greater faithfulness.
*Did you know that Jesus actually taught his followers to live by a
higher standard than the one given in the Old Testament? Obviously, we
too, want to please him an be faithful to his call. Jesus contrasted the
requirements of the Law with the plan for his followers.
*On your outline in your bulletin, look at the Scripture references under
Power Principle 1: I want to see which is the higher standard, the Law of
Moses or the way of Christ?
OT: Do not murder NT: Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer.
OT: Do not commit adultery NT: Anyone who lusts commits adultery in his
OT: Do not swear falsely by God’s name NT: Do not swear at all.
OT: The entire tithe will be holy to the Lord NT: Give as you are
*An exhaustive study of Scripture reveals this often overlooked truth:
Jesus’ way always calls for greater faithfulness and commitment than was
required in the Old Testament. Can giving possibly be an exception? It
follows clearly that no one who wants to be faithful to God would ever