Message by Dr. David Drake
If You Love Jesus…TITHE!
(anyone can honk)
I. 7 Foundational Truths About Tithing/Giving
1. Tithing Is an act of OBEDIENCE
Nehemiah 13:10-12 (NASB)
10 I also discovered that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone away, each to his own field.
11 So I reprimanded the officials and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts.
2. Tithing is my TANGIBLE COMMITMENT to the work of God
Nehemiah 13:12 (NASB)
12 All Judah then brought the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses.
Exodus 35:5 (NASB)
5 ‘Take from among you a contribution to the LORD; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the LORD’S contribution: gold, silver, and bronze,
Exodus 35:21-26 (NASB)
21 Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the LORD’S contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments.
22 Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the LORD.
23 Every man, who had in his possession blue and purple and scarlet material and fine linen and goats’ hair and rams’ skins dyed red and porpoise skins, brought them.
24 Everyone who could make a contribution of silver and bronze brought the LORD’S contribution; and every man who had in his possession acacia wood for any work of the service brought it.
25 All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen.
26 All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats’ hair.
Exodus 35:29 (NASB)
29 The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work, which the LORD had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill offering to the LORD.
3. Tithing is a commitment of FAITH not RESOURCES
Mark 12:41-44 (NASB)
41 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.
42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;
44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
4. Tithing PROVES God’s FAITHFULNESS
Malachi 3:8-10 (NASB)
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.
9 “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!
10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
5. Tithing is a TESTIMONY of what I really believe about God.
6. Tithing is my RESPONSE to God with my RESOURCES.
Acts 2:45 (NASB)
45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
7. Tithing is spelled…SARIFICE.
II. 3 Practical “P’s” To Aid You In Tithing/Giving
1. PRAY…about your tithing amount.
2. PREPARE…your family budget, including your tithe.
3. PRODUCE…your tithe( bring it to the storehouse).
III. 1 Great Example of Giving
1. The Greatest Giver…GOD
2. The Greatest Gift…HIS SON
3. The Greatest Opportunity…WHOSOEVER
4. The Greatest Promise…WILL NOT PERISH
5. The Greatest Possession…EVERLASTING LIFE