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 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.
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.
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.