by Jerry Vines

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Stewarship (3 of 3)
Mark 12:41-44
Jerry Vines

When it comes to the matter of our giving, the Bible
talks in terms of tithes and offerings. You are
familiar with "tithe." A tithe is 1/10 of our income,
given to the Lord. If you make $100 a week, a tithe
is $10 and you bring that to the Lord. If you make
$1000 a week, 10% of that is $100 and you give that to
the Lord. We are familiar with the tithe. The Bible
says bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse.
Tithing, as we have seen, is a matter of beginnings.
It is not the end of the matter of giving, it is the
beginning of the matter of giving. It seems to be
God's starting point for people who want to be
faithful in the matter of their giving to the Lord.
New Testament believers believe that we give not on
the basis of law, but on the basis of love. As we
give the tithe, the 10%, this is the way God works in
order to meet the needs of the local congregation. I
asked our financial director if he would do a little
mathematics for me and find out the resident
membership of our church and find out what the average
Social Security income would be. He brought those
figures to me and I discovered that if all of our
resident members were on Social Security and gave a
minimum of a tithe of that Social Security, then our
offering in a year's time would be $31 million. All
of the needs of the congregation can be met as we obey
the Lord in the matter of the beginning point—the

Tithing is also not a matter of just a beginning, it
is also a matter of blessing. God promises that He
will bless us if we give the tithe. In fact the Lord
said, bring ye all the tithes. . .prove me now herewith
says the Lord, and see if I will not open the windows
of heaven and pour out a blessing upon you. As far
as I can tell it is the only place in the Bible that
the Lord asks us to put Him to the test—to ...

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