A Call to Tithing: A Biblical Responsibility of Every Believer
Introduction: Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Honor: Means to respect the person and to give him or her appropriate attention and obedience.
Barns: Agricultural community. This was their bank, their livelihood, savings, investments.
God desires to bless us that we might be a blessing to others.
We need a biblical reorientation about finances and our possessions. Our giving is a spiritual matter that involves the heart, our spiritual knowledge of scriptures, and our spiritual capacity for faith in God and His invisible powers. Giving reflects our value system, our life priorities and our life disciplines. Seeing God work in our material world of things will enlarge our faith for the invisible world of the kingdom of God. Our old nature is stubborn, stingy, selfish, doubting and reasoning. It takes the act of salvation to create a new heart and a new nature that loves to give.
I. THE OLD AND THE NEW IN CONFLICT
Proverbs 11:24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
A. THE OLD NATURE: WITHHOLDS MORE THAN IS RIGHT
Stubborn, stingy, selfishness, doubting, reasoning
B. THE NEW NATURE: SCATTERS AND INCREASES
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.
Tithing and giving in offerings do not produce an upright life or even trust in God. They are ...
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