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Bring all the Tithes

Pastor Keith Hassell

 

 

Foundation Scripture:            Malachi 3:8-11

 

1.         The Bible speaks of giving in four different categories

            a.         Firstfruits-the first of the fruits of harvest or livestock

            b.         Tithe-ten percent of the total increase

            c.         Offerings-gifts above the tithe

            d.         Alms-giving to the poor, charity

2.         What is the “tithe”?

a.         “Tithe” means “tenth part”

b.         The tithe is one-tenth of a person’s increase through wages, products, sales, investment, etc.

c.         The tithe is our covenant portion with the Lord

3.         Tithing was practice before the Mosaic Law

            a.         Abraham gave tithes (Genesis 14:18-20)

            b.         Jacob (Genesis 28:22)

4.         What did Jesus say about the tithe?

            a.         Matthew 23:23 (Also Luke 11:42)

5.         Should I tithe on the net or on the gross?

a.         The increase---gross.  From your increase you pay taxes, insurance, retirement, etc.

6.         Where should I tithe?

            a.         Into the storehouse of God (place of provision and supply)

b.         In the Old Testament this was the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon

c.         In the New Testament it is the Temple of the church (Ephesians 2:19-22; I Peter 2:5)

7.         Can’t I just give offerings?

            a.         Offerings do not replace the tithe.

b.         You can’t give an offering until you have tithed.

8.         Can’t I give my tithes to people who are in need?

a.         Giving alms does not replace the tithe.

b.         No.  God has already determined where the tithe should go, into His storehouse.

9.         Why should I give my tithes?

            a.         The tithe belongs to God (Leviticus 27:30)

            b.         God commands us to tithe (Malachi 3:10)

            c.         Tithing brings honor to God (Proverbs 3:9)

            d.         Tithing is an act of worship (Deuteronomy 26:10)

            e.         Tithing is an act of covenant with God (Genesis 14;18-20; Genesis 28:20-22)

            f.          Tithing teaches us the fear of the Lord (Deuteronomy 14:22-23)

g.         The tithe supports the house of God (Genesis 28:22; Nehemiah 13:10-12; Malachi 3:10)

h.         The tithe frees up God’s servants to focus on ministry (Numbers 18:24; Numbers 18:31; Deuteronomy 12:19; 2 Chronicles 31:4; Nehemiah 13:10-11; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; Acts 6:2-4; 1 Corinthians 9:7-11; 1 Corinthians 9:13-14)

i.          The tithe is to help strangers, widows, and orphans (Deuteronomy 14:29; 26:13; Acts 6:1)

j.          The tithe is a proclamation that the Lord is our God (Deuteronomy 26:17)

k.         The tithe is our declaration that we will obey the Lord (Deuteronomy 26:17; 26:14)

l.          The tithe cause the Lord to proclaim us as His special and holy people (Deuteronomy 26:18-19)

m.        Tithing removes a curse from our lives (Malachi 3:8-9; Psalm 37:22)

n.         Tithing activates the blessing of God in our lives (Malachi 3:10; Deuteronomy 26:13-15)

o.         Tithing is good business (Deuteronomy 14:29; Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 10:22)

p.         Tithing brings an open rebuke to the devil (Malachi 3:11)

q.         Tithing sustains a walk of faith (Hebrews 11:6; 11:4)

r.          Tithing helps keep us from the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10)

s.          Tithing is a reminder that God is our sources (Deuteronomy 8:18)

t.          Tithing keeps our heart connected to the work of the Lord through His church (Matthew 6:21)

u.         Tithing is a witness to the world that Jesus, our High Priest, is alive and still receiving tithes (Hebrews 7:8)

10.       How should I give?

            a.         Deuteronomy 26:1-15

b.         The tithe is the ten percent that belongs to God.  Tithing is the way we worship God with the tithe.

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