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Starter Kit (1 of 5)
Series: The Source
When Pastor Miles was a child, his mother used to take him and his siblings to church each Sunday. Each child was given an envelope with a coin to put in the offering. This was simply a starter kit to tithing, as she was teaching her children to give.
In this series, we have learned that God is the source of all good gifts and that He gives to us that we may be a source of blessing to someone else. He does intend for us to enjoy what He gives us, but not all of it is for us to keep for ourselves.
God actually wants you to acknowledge that all you have is because of His goodness. He wants your whole life and your whole heart, just as Jesus gave His whole life for you.
A starter kit to giving in church is called tithing. You may feel wary when the church begins to ask you to give money, but the truth is that tithing your income is only a starter kit to having a giving spirit. God actually wants you to acknowledge that all you have is because of His goodness. He wants your whole life and your whole heart, just as Jesus gave His whole life for you. As you tithe with your starter kit for giving, you can taste and see that the Lord is good. This can lead to increased trust in Him and increased giving for His kingdom.
The first tithing experience recorded in the Bible happens after Abraham has rescued Lot and recovered all that was stolen from the city. He meets Melchizadek the priest along the road and offers a portion of what he has gained:
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all. Genesis 14:18 - 20
1. A tithe is the first 10% of all of what you receive from God (gross, not net.)
The tithe is a giver’s starter kit ...
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