Tithing and Christian Stewardship

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Pastor Elio Marrocco's "Tithing and Christian Stewardship" sermon at New Life Christian Church on April 22, 2012. You can learn more about New Life Christian Church here: http://www.newlifecc.ca

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  1. 1. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIPTITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP ‘‘The Christian and Money’The Christian and Money’
  2. 2. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP But I want to remind us today that nothingBut I want to remind us today that nothing happens without finances!happens without finances! The new Muslim rulers gave the ChristiansThe new Muslim rulers gave the Christians three options.three options.
  3. 3. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP One, convert to Islam.One, convert to Islam. Two, remain a Christian but they must payTwo, remain a Christian but they must pay annually a tax. (Muslims don’t have toannually a tax. (Muslims don’t have to pay it, just Christians).pay it, just Christians). Third, off comes your head.Third, off comes your head.
  4. 4. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Tithing and generous giving is one of thoseTithing and generous giving is one of those practical expressions of our faith.practical expressions of our faith. But not tithing or giving generously to theBut not tithing or giving generously to the work of God will seriously question as towork of God will seriously question as to whether or not you are committed to bewhether or not you are committed to be a disciple of the Lord.a disciple of the Lord.
  5. 5. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP A disciple is one who has chosen to liveA disciple is one who has chosen to live under the discipline of Jesus, and takesunder the discipline of Jesus, and takes serious the teachings of Jesus and theserious the teachings of Jesus and the Kingdom of God.Kingdom of God. A disciple seeks FIRST THE KINGDOM OFA disciple seeks FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.GOD.
  6. 6. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. I.I. Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. 1.1.It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament.
  7. 7. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Leviticus 27:30-34Leviticus 27:30-34 ““One-tenth of the produce of the land,One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruitwhether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORDfrom the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy. Ifand must be set apart to him as holy. If you want to buy back the LORD’s tenthyou want to buy back the LORD’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay itsof the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent...value, plus 20 percent...
  8. 8. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Leviticus 27:30-34Leviticus 27:30-34 …… 3232 Count off every tenth animal from yourCount off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart forherds and flocks and set them apart for the LORD as holy...the LORD as holy...These are theThese are the commands that the LORD gavecommands that the LORD gave through Moses…through Moses…
  9. 9. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Malachi 3:6-12Malachi 3:6-12 ““I am the LORD, and I do not change. ThatI am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob areis why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since thenot already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you havedays of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obeyscorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I willthem. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD ofreturn to you,” says the LORD of
  10. 10. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Malachi 3:6-12Malachi 3:6-12 ... “But you ask, ‘How can we return when... “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’we have never gone away?’ 88 “Should“Should people cheat God? Yet you havepeople cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What docheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheatyou mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of theyou?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me…tithes and offerings due to me…
  11. 11. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Malachi 3:6-12Malachi 3:6-12 ...... 99 You are under a curse, for your wholeYou are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me.nation has been cheating me. 1010 Bring allBring all the tithes into the storehouse so therethe tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. Ifwill be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’syou do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows ofArmies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you…heaven for you…
  12. 12. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Malachi 3:6-12Malachi 3:6-12 …… I will pour out a blessing so great youI will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!Try it! Put me to the test! 1111 Your cropsYour crops will be abundant, for I will guard themwill be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.from insects and disease.Your grapesYour grapes will not fall from the vine before theywill not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’sare ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’s
  13. 13. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 1.1. It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. Malachi 3:6-12Malachi 3:6-12 ……1212 “Then all nations will call you blessed,“Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,”for your land will be such a delight,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
  14. 14. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. I.I. Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. 1.1.It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. 2.2.Tithing was taught in the ScriptureTithing was taught in the Scripture before the giving of the law throughbefore the giving of the law through Moses.Moses.
  15. 15. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 2.2. Tithing was taught in the ScriptureTithing was taught in the Scripture before the giving of the law throughbefore the giving of the law through Moses.Moses. Hebrews 7:4-7Hebrews 7:4-7 ''44 Consider then how great this MelchizedekConsider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the greatwas. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this bypatriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he hadgiving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle...taken in battle...
  16. 16. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 2.2. Tithing was taught in the ScriptureTithing was taught in the Scripture before the giving of the law throughbefore the giving of the law through Moses.Moses. Hebrews 7:4-7Hebrews 7:4-7 ... And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon... And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had alreadyAbraham, the one who had already received the promises of God.received the promises of God. 77 AndAnd without question, the person who haswithout question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greaterthe power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.'than the one who is blessed.'
  17. 17. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. I.I. Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. 1.1.It’s contained within the law and theIt’s contained within the law and the prophets of the Old Testament.prophets of the Old Testament. 2.2.Tithing was taught in the ScriptureTithing was taught in the Scripture before the giving of the law throughbefore the giving of the law through Moses.Moses. 3.3.Jesus approved Tithing.Jesus approved Tithing.
  18. 18. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 3.3. Jesus approved Tithing.Jesus approved Tithing. Matthew 23:23Matthew 23:23 ““What sorrow awaits you teachers ofWhat sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees.religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to titheHypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herbeven the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the moregardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice,important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes,mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more importantbut do not neglect the more important
  19. 19. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 3.3. Jesus approved Tithing.Jesus approved Tithing. Any message on tithing needs to include the fact that tithing is not the sum total of what it means to be a Christian.
  20. 20. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 3.3. Jesus approved Tithing.Jesus approved Tithing. Tithing is therefore scripturally taught.Tithing is therefore scripturally taught. The law prophets, Abraham, Jesus.The law prophets, Abraham, Jesus.
  21. 21. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 3.3. Jesus approved Tithing.Jesus approved Tithing. If the people of the Old Testament or theIf the people of the Old Testament or the old covenant gave to support the workold covenant gave to support the work of God under that covenant should notof God under that covenant should not the people of God in the new covenantthe people of God in the new covenant which has greater promises, greaterwhich has greater promises, greater blessings, greater priesthood, a greaterblessings, greater priesthood, a greater altar, a greater sacrifice should notaltar, a greater sacrifice should not people under the new covenant dopeople under the new covenant do more than people under the oldmore than people under the old
  22. 22. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. I.I. Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. II.II.Tithing, permits the needs of the Lord’sTithing, permits the needs of the Lord’s work to be fully met.work to be fully met. The only way each church can fulfill itsThe only way each church can fulfill its mission is if all of the people aremission is if all of the people are combining together to do their part.combining together to do their part.
  23. 23. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. I.I. Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. II.II.Tithing, permits the needs of the Lord’sTithing, permits the needs of the Lord’s work to be fully met.work to be fully met. ““That there might be food in my house.”That there might be food in my house.”
  24. 24. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Psalm 24:1 says,Psalm 24:1 says, ““The earth is the Lord’s and the fullnessThe earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”thereof.”
  25. 25. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Deuteronomy 10:14Deuteronomy 10:14 ““Behold to the Lord your God belongBehold to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens. Theheaven and the heaven of heavens. The earth and all that’s in it.”earth and all that’s in it.”
  26. 26. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Psalm 50:10-11Psalm 50:10-11 ““Every beast of the forest is mine. TheEvery beast of the forest is mine. The cattle of a thousand hills. I know all thecattle of a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the air and that moves in thebirds of the air and that moves in the fields is mine.”fields is mine.”
  27. 27. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Haggai 2:8Haggai 2:8 ““The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ says the Lord who gave it.” And evensays the Lord who gave it.” And even human life is owned by God.human life is owned by God.
  28. 28. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Ecclesiastes 12:7Ecclesiastes 12:7 ““The spirit returns to God who gave it.”The spirit returns to God who gave it.” SoSo everything is really the Lord’s.everything is really the Lord’s.
  29. 29. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Malachi’s point is that while God ownsMalachi’s point is that while God owns everything he has turned totally hiseverything he has turned totally his property over to us for our managementproperty over to us for our management and trusteeship.and trusteeship.
  30. 30. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL But in the sense that we will not prosper inBut in the sense that we will not prosper in a particular ministry and it will die!a particular ministry and it will die!
  31. 31. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. GOD OWNS ALLGOD OWNS ALL Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. Tithing permits the needs of God’s work toTithing permits the needs of God’s work to be met.be met.
  32. 32. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. I.I. Tithing is God’s will.Tithing is God’s will. II.II.Tithing, permits the needs of the Lord’sTithing, permits the needs of the Lord’s work to be fully met.work to be fully met. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord.
  33. 33. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. Malachi in fact promises the flood gates ofMalachi in fact promises the flood gates of heaven will open upon a tithingheaven will open upon a tithing community.community.
  34. 34. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 'What we’re dealing with in the tithe is'What we’re dealing with in the tithe is adopting a lifestyle that brings a moreadopting a lifestyle that brings a more disciplined approach to life and it bringsdisciplined approach to life and it brings a more prioritized approach to life.'a more prioritized approach to life.'
  35. 35. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. And anyone who is more disciplined isAnd anyone who is more disciplined is going to be better at whatever they do ingoing to be better at whatever they do in life.life.
  36. 36. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 'EQUAL SACRIFICE AND NOT EQUAL'EQUAL SACRIFICE AND NOT EQUAL GIVING'GIVING'
  37. 37. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. The giving of the ten- percent is theThe giving of the ten- percent is the beginning point of Christian stewardship.beginning point of Christian stewardship.
  38. 38. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. It seems to me the model of the ChristianIt seems to me the model of the Christian giving is you begin with 10% and then ingiving is you begin with 10% and then in incremental steps add to your faith andincremental steps add to your faith and begin to move beyond that.begin to move beyond that.
  39. 39. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. Once you develop the discipline of tithingOnce you develop the discipline of tithing you learn actually to live better on theyou learn actually to live better on the 90% than you lived on the 100%.90% than you lived on the 100%.
  40. 40. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. Scripture teaches that:Scripture teaches that: • Tithing is God’s willTithing is God’s will • That it’s His way of providing for ministryThat it’s His way of providing for ministry in His kingdomin His kingdom • That it will add to your faith as you do it.That it will add to your faith as you do it.
  41. 41. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 1)1) Settle the matter now in your heart.Settle the matter now in your heart. 2)2)Know that there will never be a goodKnow that there will never be a good time to start tithing.time to start tithing. 3)3)Figure out what 10% is of your nextFigure out what 10% is of your next paycheck.paycheck.
  42. 42. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 4)4)When you get paid, make out the titheWhen you get paid, make out the tithe check first.check first. Tithe is biblically mandated or required.Tithe is biblically mandated or required.
  43. 43. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 4)4)When you get paid, make out the titheWhen you get paid, make out the tithe check first.check first. The offering is what you give beyond theThe offering is what you give beyond the tithe.tithe.
  44. 44. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 4)4)When you get paid, make out the titheWhen you get paid, make out the tithe check first.check first. 5)5)Make out a budget that tells you howMake out a budget that tells you how you can spend the other 90% and don’tyou can spend the other 90% and don’t be surprised if on paper it doesn’t work.be surprised if on paper it doesn’t work.
  45. 45. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING.THREE THINGS ABOUT TITHING. III.III.Tithing brings a growth of our faith inTithing brings a growth of our faith in the Lord.the Lord. 6)6)Don't divide your tithe and don’tDon't divide your tithe and don’t designate your tithe.designate your tithe. 7)7)Begin tithing where you are.Begin tithing where you are. 8)8)Increase your faith as time goes along toIncrease your faith as time goes along to go beyond the tithe.go beyond the tithe.
  46. 46. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Genesis 28:16-22Genesis 28:16-22 16-1716-17 Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said,Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, "GOD is in this place—truly. And I didn't"GOD is in this place—truly. And I didn't even know it!" He was terrified. Heeven know it!" He was terrified. He whispered in awe, "Incredible.whispered in awe, "Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God's House.Wonderful. Holy. This is God's House. This is the Gate of Heaven.”This is the Gate of Heaven.”
  47. 47. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Genesis 28:16-22Genesis 28:16-22 ... Jacob vowed a vow: "If God stands by... Jacob vowed a vow: "If God stands by me and protects me on this journey onme and protects me on this journey on which I'm setting out, keeps me in foodwhich I'm setting out, keeps me in food and clothing, and brings me back in oneand clothing, and brings me back in one piece to my father's house, this GOD willpiece to my father's house, this GOD will be my God. This stone that I have set upbe my God. This stone that I have set up as a memorial pillar will mark this as aas a memorial pillar will mark this as a place where God lives. And everythingplace where God lives. And everything you give me, I'll return a tenth to you."you give me, I'll return a tenth to you."
  48. 48. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Genesis 39:29-30 (NLT)Genesis 39:29-30 (NLT) (A few years after with his uncle Laban)(A few years after with his uncle Laban) Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’veJacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks andworked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care.herds have grown under my care. 3030 YouYou had little indeed before I came, but yourhad little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. Thewealth has increased enormously. The LORD has blessed you through everythingLORD has blessed you through everything I’ve done.I’ve done.
  49. 49. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Proverbs 3:5-10 (Msg)Proverbs 3:5-10 (Msg) 5-125-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on yourdon't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everythingown. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the oneyou do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assumewho will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all…that you know it all…
  50. 50. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Proverbs 3:5-10 (Msg)Proverbs 3:5-10 (Msg) …… Run to God! Run from evil! Your bodyRun to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very boneswill glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God withwill vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the firsteverything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, yourand the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.wine vats will brim over.
  51. 51. TITHING AND CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP Luke 6:38 (Msg)Luke 6:38 (Msg) ““Give away your life; you'll find life givenGive away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—givenback, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, notback with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begetsgetting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”generosity.”

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