In this sermon, Pastor Neil talks about how your money matters to God– tithing is a matter of gratitude, faith, obedience, and surrender. Here are some excerpts:

Tithing– an Act of Worship

Tithing is a tangible way for us to express the “worthship” of God, to show with our money that we love and value God. Whether you physically place an offering in the offering plate as it is passed, or mail it or drop it off in the church office, or give online or through your bank, giving is an act of worship. It is an act of love.

  • It is also an act of gratitude. It is a way to say “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for you, all He has given you, and all that He means to you.
  • Giving is also an act of faith. It is a way of showing your trust in and dependence on God. Especially when you find yourself in tight financial times.
  • It is an act of obedience, too. An act of discipleship. A way of saying to God that we want to be a part of what He is doing in and through His church in the world.
  • It is also an act of surrender and dedication to God, because, as I have already said, what you do with your money is a window into your heart.
  • It is an act of loving compassion, too. Compassion and love for people in need, both near and far.

Giving encompasses all these things. All of which goes to show that money matters to Jesus. Your money matters to Jesus. My money matters to Him.

Tithing– An Act of Gratitude

I have told you before, and I will tell you again, the Lord willing, that what I believe God wants me to say to you about tithing is that you should do it. Because I believe you should do it. Tithing won’t get you into heaven. That is not how it works. You don’t tithe to earn God’s favor. You don’t tithe to get a medal or a merit badge of some sort. You tithe to show God how grateful you are for all He has done for you and for your salvation. You tithe as a way of showing your love for God and the devotion of your heart to Him. You tithe because God is worthy. He is worthy of far more than a tithe. And maybe He has enabled you (or will enable you) to give back to Him much, much more than a tithe.

September 15, 2019

Malachi 3:6-12

Dr. Neil Smith

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