Why Do We Give Tithes and Offerings? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 3 (September 10, 2017)
Why is giving tithes and offering so important, and why does it have to happen during a worship service? What is held in the power of giving that provides an experience that otherwise can’t be experienced in worship? Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church continues the message series “Why Do We Do That?” in this sermon given on September 10, 2017. During this series, we will revisit why we do “this or that,” to deepen our experience of the full worship service.
We read from 2 Corinthians, where Paul was writing to the church in Corinth and taking up an offering for the Christian church in Jerusalem. Chapter 9 and chapter 8 before it are one of the most extensive passages on giving one can find in the Bible. Specifically, we learn that:
Tithing and generous giving…
1. … honors God.
2. … empowers the church.
3. … matures your faith.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness[a] endures forever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.[b] 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!