Bring the Tithes And Offerings
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. In a moment we are going to take up this morning’s tithes and offerings, but first let’s open up our bible to Malachi chapter 3, verse 10. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try 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 such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” In this passage, the Lord presents us with a challenge. He says to bring our tithes to His house and present them before Him, but what follows is a challenge! He says, “TRY ME NOW IN THIS…If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” God is asking us to have faith in his Word. He says to “try me”, and see what I can do with your gift. It is God’s desire to not only bless us but to bless us past the point of having room enough to receive it! But how do we access this blessing? By faith. By believing that He can, and will, do what he says in His word. If we choose to obey and to trust in His word and accept his challenge, He will prove His word faithfully every time. Confession: “Father, today I bring my tithe and my gift into your storehouse. I believe in your word where it says that you will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing. I stand on it, I have faith in it, and I act on my faith today!”
Pressed Down, Shaken Together, Running Over
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. In a moment we are going to take up this morning’s tithes and offerings, but first let’s open up our Bible to Luke’s gospel, and we will head over to chapter 6, verse 38. We can see here that Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” So what exactly is Christ saying in this passage? First, He is telling us to give. This is not a matter of question, but a statement. Jesus calls for us to give into His kingdom, and the beauty of His calling is that not only will our gift return to us, but our blessing will be “pressed down, shaken together, and RUNNING OVER”. It is like you have a cup in your hands, and God turns on the faucet. But he doesn’t stop at the halfway mark. He doesn’t even stop at the top of the glass! He keeps pouring until before you know it you’ve got water running over the side of your glass, it’s pouring down your hands and spilling on the floor! And also Jesus said that with the same measure that you give it will be returned to you. God is just to return to us our harvest in whatever size that was planted. The more seed that is planted, the greater the harvest. So today, believe that when you give into God’s kingdom, have faith that your gift will return—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Confession: “Lord today I bring my gift to your house. Jesus, you said to give, and it will be given unto me. I thank you that with the same measure I use it will be measured back to me. I believe that I receive it, and I act in faith on your word today.” Let’s pray.
Sowing Good Seeds
The Cheerful Giver
For God so Loved the World
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our church! If you haven’t been here before, we would like to welcome you and thank you for coming. Now before we get into the message this morning we are going to take up the tithes and offerings. If you have your Bibles let’s turn over to Ephesians chapter 5 verse 1. Once you are there mark your place because we will be returning to it shortly, and then turn over to John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Of course most of us have heard this verse before, but sometimes it takes reading a couple of times to unlock more meaning within scripture. Let’s read that again. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE his only begotten Son”. God so loved us that He GAVE. And not only that, but He gave us His very, very best. It is God’s very nature to give to His children. Not only this, but we can also see that the reason He gave, was because He first loved. “For God so loved the world that He gave”. So the nature of God’s giving is rooted in His unconditional love for us. Isn’t that good? Now I haven’t forgotten about Ephesians 5, so let’s flip over there and learn about our side of this. “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has LOVED us and GIVEN Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” So God loved the world so much, that He gave—and the Apostle Paul tells us, the church, to be imitators of God. And not only that, but also to walk in love just as Christ loved us. Isn’t that good? So today as we take up this offering, we all have the opportunity to imitate God through our love, and put that love into action in our giving just as He did for us. Confession: “Lord God, I know that you gave your only Son for me because you love me. I know that it is your nature to give good gifts to your children, and I know that I am to love in the same manner. I bring my gift to you today God as an act of love and obedience. I believe that you will multiply this seed, and I have faith in your word.” Check the next tithe idea.
“Good Gifts” (Christmas Season)
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. In a moment we are going to take up this morning’s tithes and offerings, but first let’s open up our bible to Matthew’s gospel, chapter 7 verses 9–11. Well, it’s that time of year again, Christmas is right around the corner! And it’s around this time of year that all the stores stock up on all of the fun little goodies that are popular, and commercials are run just about every 5 minutes on hot deals on the latest gadgets. And the children are just excited as ever aren’t they? There is just a magical feeling to this time of year for all of the kids. Come Christmas Eve they can hardly manage to get a couple hours of sleep, because they know that when they wake up in the morning they are going to find their gifts under that tree. They expect it. They asked for it! And because we love them, we give them these good gifts. Now let’s look at our scripture here. “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” God is a good father! He wants to bless us, and give us good things when we ask! Jesus is saying that if we, in our human, mortal state, can give our children good gifts how much more will God our father in heaven! Now how does this tie into the offering message? Well let’s look at what Jesus says in Luke 6:38. “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Jesus says that when we give, it will be given in return. We just read that God wants to bless us. That He wants to give us gifts. And here we see that Jesus shows us the way to tap into that blessing, by sowing into the kingdom. Confession: “Lord God it says in your word that when I give, it will be given back to me in abundance. I know that you are a good Father, and that you desire to give your children good gifts. I believe and receive my blessing, and stand in faith on your word.” Check the next tithe idea.
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. In a moment we are going to take up this morning’s tithes and offerings, but first let’s open up our Bible to Malachi chapter 3, verse 10. Hold your place there for just a moment while I read a brief story from an article on People.com. A California man who had been seriously injured in an automotive accident had been on disability checks for years after his injuries permanently ended a career in carpentry. After running out of disability checks, the financial struggle went from bad to worse for his family, to the extent of having his children sent to live with their grandparents across the country in Louisiana, because he could not afford to support them. Things were on a downward spiral until one day he recognized a Navajo blanket on an Antiques Roadshow television program that was suspiciously similar to an old blanket he had inherited from his great-grandmother who had since passed. After finding this blanket tucked away in an old dusty box, he had it appraised for a selling price and ultimately sold it in an auction for 1.5 million dollars! Now he had this blanket in his possession the entire time. Through all of the struggle, through all of the fight to make ends meet, he was sitting on a gold mine but he did not recognize it. He did not tap into his blessing. Financial blessing from God is the same way! He has provided the route for us to take to be blessed in our finances. Let’s look at our scripture now, Malachi 3:10. “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try 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 such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’” God has provided the way for us to be blessed! He has all of the means to do it, He wants to do it, and all we have to do is believe we receive it and tap into our blessing. Don’t keep your blessing locked up in a dusty closet somewhere. Recognize it, and by faith receive it. It is God’s plan! Confession: “Lord I bring my gift to you today. I recognize that you have provided a way to my blessing, and I tap into it by faith as I give. I believe that I receive.” Check the next tithe idea.
Growing the Kingdom
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. In a moment we are going to take up this morning’s tithes and offerings but first, let’s find a couple passages in our Bibles: Matthew 11:28, and Matthew 19:21. The world is a very big place, and with that comes people from many different backgrounds and cultures. And with such a broad expanse of people comes division, strife, and even times resentment for one another. Some cultures and ways of life are so vastly separated and different, that it can be darn near impossible to find common ground. But in the midst of such an evil and dark time that we see in our world today, there is a light that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ. In Matthew 11:28 Christ says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That means that no matter where we come from, no matter our cultural background, financial state or geographical location, there is unity and love in the body of Jesus Christ, the church. And as His body, it is our responsibility to continue the ministry of Jesus every day in the world we live in. That is why it is so important to give into the Kingdom of God. To support the work of the ministry. Because we as the body of Christ have a job to do, to bring the light of Christ to a dark and dying world. So when you give, know that your gift is going forth to advance the Kingdom of God. Jesus says in Matthew 19:21, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Confession: “Lord today I bring my gift to your house to sow into your kingdom. I believe that you will use this gift to reach the lost, and help preach the gospel to those in need. I take on the responsibility of the body of Christ, and I believe that I am building treasure in Heaven.” Check the next tithe idea.
Giving is an ACT of Faith
Good morning and welcome to Our Church. We are so glad to have you here today! In a moment we are going to receive this week’s tithes and offerings, so let’s turn over to James 2:17. “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” Also down in verses 21–22 we see, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” James 1: 22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” So we see that faith is activated by action. It is like turning on the light switch. The electricity is there, but the switch must be flipped in order to activate it and power the light. In Hebrews 11:4 we see an example of faith put into action by giving. “By FAITH Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.” So we see here two perfect examples of faith being put into action by offering gifts to God. Abraham putting his faith into action offered his son Isaac, and Abel by faith offered an excellent gift to the Lord. So today as you give, know that you are putting your faith into action, and faith pleases God. Confession: “Lord today I bring my offering to you as an act of faith. I put my faith into action and I believe that you will honor it and pour out a blessing in my life.” Check the next tithe idea.
Rebuke the Devourer
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try 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 such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,’ Says the Lord of hosts;”
How great is that!? God says that when we give the tithe to Him, he honors us not only in an overflow of blessing, but in protection from the devourer. God has given the tither the right of abundant prosperity and shielding from the enemy. How many of you know it’s a good thing to have God rebuking the enemy for you? He says he will rebuke the devourer, so that you will be prosperous in all you lay your hand to. What a blessing! So as you give today, thank God that He first sends in an abundant blessing, but also that he rebukes the devourer for your sake.
Confession: “Lord today I bring my tithe, and in your word you said that when I bring in my tithe to your house you will rebuke the devourer for my sake. I believe it, I receive it, and I have faith in your word. Thank you for your abundant blessing!”
Giving Above and Beyond
The Tithe is Holy
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. We are happy to have you here today, and we believe that God has great plans for you! In a moment we are going to take up this week’s tithes and offerings, so let’s get into the word for a minute. In the book of Leviticus, chapter 27 verse 30 we see the Lord says, “And all the offerings of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” And we see in verse 32, “And concerning the offerings of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.” So we see clearly that the offerings
Offering Because you Love God
Tithing in God Faith
Good morning and welcome to Our Church! We are so glad that you are here today, and we believe that God is going to do something awesome in your life today. In a moment we are going to take up this week’s tithes and offerings. So let’s turn in our bibles over to Deuteronomy 14:22. “You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year.” So we see this commandment toofferings in the Old Testament, but let’s turn over to Matthew 23:23 to see what Jesus has to say about this matter. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” So we see Jesus here talking to the the Pharisees and Scribes, and He says that they pay their tithe, but they lack justice, mercy, and faith! He says that we of course ought to tithe, though we should not base our giving in tradition, but in faith and in the heart. So we come today to fulfill the commandment of the tithe and honor God, but also we give in FAITH, and in love just as Jesus commanded. Confession: “Lord we come before you today to present our tithe and offering to you in faith. We believe your word, and we honor it by putting our faith in action through giving. We thank you for your blessing, and we believe we will have what you promised.”
God Supplies ALL my Needs
Give to God what is God’s
Who Gave More?
Abram Tithed from the Heart
You Reap What You Sow
Good morning and welcome to Our Church! We are so excited to have you all with us today to celebrate Jesus. No matter where you come from we believe that God is going to do something miraculous in your life today. Before we get into the message today we are going to take up this week’s tithes and offerings. So while you prepare your gift this morning let’s turn over to Galatians 6. How many here today have heard the age old saying, you reap what you sow? Most of us, if not all of us have heard this at least once or twice in our lives, and usually in a negative connotation. We do something bad as kids and mom gives us a smack on the hand and says, “You reap what you sow!” Well, how many of you know where this saying comes from? In Galatians 6 verses 6 and 7 we find the answer to that question. “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” We see that Paul uses this phrase in his letter to the church at Galatia. And while we mostly hear of this saying in a negative context nowadays, we see Paul using it on the positive side! How many know that he is talking about the law of sowing and reaping? Paul tells the church that when we give into the kingdom, we shall reap a harvest from that seed sown. What did Jesus say in Luke 6:38? “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” So we see the true meaning that God intended! That when we sow, we WILL reap. Jesus said so Himself. So today when you give, believe firmly in your heart that you WILL reap what you sow! Confession: “Lord today I bring my gift with the knowledge that I will reap a return on what I sow. I thank you that you are not mocked, and that you will keep your word. I believe, in faith, and receive my blessing.”
Treasure in Heaven
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In this passage we see Jesus speaking to the crowds of people surrounding Him. He tells them not to store up treasures here on the earth, but to store up treasures in Heaven. How many know that when we get to Heaven, we are going to have some treasures stored up for us if we do the will of God? But how do we store up those treasures? Let’s look at another passage of Jesus speaking, in Matthew 19:21.
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’”
Often in life it is easy to get caught up in our lives and forget about people in need all around the world. Jesus not only reminds us to remember them, but to take drastic measures to give. Now I am not asking that you sell your home this morning, but when we give this morning into the missions fund, give whatever is on your heart. And the awesome part is that when we give to the less fortunate, we store up for ourselves treasures in Heaven, where they can never be taken away. So let’s give with generous hearts this morning.
Confession: “Lord today I bring my gift to your house to give to those in need. I believe that my gift will go out and reach the poor and bless them abundantly, and also I believe that I am storing up treasures in heaven.”
You Fed Me
Give out of the Heart
Rebuke the Devourer
More Blessed to Give than to Receive
Bigger Harvest? More Seed!
Bring a Gift on the Lord’s Day
Give What’s in Your Heart
Your Gift Blesses Others
Love of Money
God Gave His BEST
Increase Seed and Harvest
Seed, Time, Harvest
Give to the Work of God’s House
Good morning and welcome to Our Church. We are so glad to have you here with us today. We believe that God is going to do something great in all of your lives today, and that you will be blessed. Before we get into this morning’s message, we are going to be taking up this week’s tithes and offerings. So let’s turn over to 1 Chronicles 29:3–8. This passage starts with King David speaking to the people of Israel. “‘Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver: three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?’ Then the leaders of the fathers’ houses, leaders of the tribes of Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king’s work, offered willingly. They gave for the work of the house of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.” At this time in history, God had yet to have an earthly house. The israelites had the tabernacle for God, but God laid upon King David’s heart to build Him an earthly temple. So the people of Israel conducted an offering, and in verse 7 we see that “They gave for the work of the house of God”. The church building is the house of God. We come here to worship and praise and learn about the Lord just like the Israelites did in the temple. In honor of God they gave what they had to support God’s house, and the same should be done in this day and age. Believe it or not the church’s electricity does not run on the Holy Spirit! So we are so thankful for those who are faithful givers, because without you we would not be able to do what we do for God here. In verse 9 we see that the people rejoiced gladly! “Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly.” So as we give today, know that your gift profits the work of the Kingdom and that pleases God. Be glad! Rejoice! Confession: “Lord, today we bring our gift into your house. We thank you for all that you do, and as an act of worship we bring our gift to profit your ministry like King David and the nation of Israel.”
A Blessed Nation
Good morning and welcome to Our Church. We are so glad to have you here with us today. We believe that God is going to do something great in all of your lives today, and that you will be blessed. Before we get into this morning’s message, we are going to be taking up this week’s tithes and offerings. So let’s turn over in our Bibles to Malachi 3:10. “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try 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 such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.’” So when we tithe God promises to pour out a blessing in which there will not be room enough to receive. That in itself is worth praising God for, but if we look down in verse 12 we see that this continues. “‘And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” Not only does God promise to bless us personally in our finances, but he promises blessings to communities as a whole! That can be applied to churches, cities, states, all the way up to countries. Can you imagine what the Lord would do if the majority of Americans tithed? God has already blessed this country incredibly throughout its history because it was founded on biblical truths. He has provided a way for our financial blessing, and when we obey we will receive blessings in our personal lives, and the nations will call us blessed as well. So let’s give today knowing that God keeps his promises, and will open up the windows of Heaven in our lives. Confession: “Lord God, today we bring our tithe to you. We believe that you are faithful and will pour out a blessing not only on us personally, but also on our church, and in our greater communities. We believe it and receive it today.”
Give out of your Faith to Receive
Offering of Thankfulness
Good morning and welcome to Our Church. We are so glad to have you here with us today. We believe that God is going to do something great in all of your lives today, and that you will be blessed. Before we get into this morning’s message, we are going to be taking up this week’s tithe and offerings. Father’s day is right around the corner! I’m sure most of us here got dad a card or a gift of some kind to honor him and thank him for what he does in your life. Father’s day is great, and fathers are great, but how many know that we all are blessed with another father, a heavenly Father. In 1 John 3:1, see this beautifully written. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. We are children of God, and he is our beloved Father. He is a good father, who gives good gifts to His children. How many people here have had God bless them, help them, strengthen them, or save them from a situation? Of course we can’t forget the greatest gift of all time, Jesus Christ given to die on the cross for our sins, that we might live with Him forever in Heaven! Amen! That is the greatest gift of all. So today let’s honor and thank God our Father, because he is good, and while we have earthly fathers who are so great, our Heavenly Father is greater than all and deserves to be honored as such. Confession: “Father God, we come to your house today to honor you. We thank you that you sent your son Jesus to die for us and give us eternal life, and we love you on this fathers day. We bring our offering to you today, and bless your name and give thanks.”
Blessing, Protection, Community
Three Wise Men
God Owns the Tithe
Good morning everyone and welcome to Our Church. We are so happy to have you all here today, and we believe that God is going to do something awesome in your lives in this service. In a moment we are going to take up this week’s tithes and offerings, so if you haven’t prepared your gift now would be a good time to do so. As you fill out your envelopes let’s turn over to Malachi 3:8. “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithe and offerings.” Woah, so God says that when we withhold our tithes and offerings, that we rob Him. That is quite a heavy thing to hear, but don’t take my word for it, take the Bible’s! Let’s look over in Leviticus 27:30. “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” So we see once again that the tithe BELONGS to God already. When we tithe we are just giving to God what is already His, out of obedience. The amazing thing about this is that this is God’s way of pouring out financially in our lives. When we prove faithful in our tithing and giving, He pours out blessing in our lives. So as we give today, realize that you are obeying God and returning to Him what is His. Confession: “Lord today we come to your house to present the tithe and offerings as you said in your word. We act in obedience today and believe that you will pour out financial blessing in our lives.”