Average Christian gives about 2% of their income. Fewer than 3% of Christians tithe. If I don’t tithe, I’m embezzling from God. 90% with God’s blessing is far more than 100% without it. – Dwayne Terry

The Tithe

Sunday May 15, 2016 at 10:30am
Speaker: Pastor Dwayne Terry
From the “Life.Money.Hope” series. Sermon 3 of 4

Leviticus 27:30A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD.

tithe: ma` aser [mah-as-ayr’]; a tenth.

  • Average Christian gives about 2% of their income.
  • Fewer than 3% of Christians tithe.

Two Kinds of Businesses

  1. The cursed business.

Malachi 3:8-9 (NKJV) – “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me…”

rob: qaba` (kaw-bah’); defraud, rob, spoil, embezzle.

  • If I don’t tithe, I’m embezzling from God.

Haggai 1:6You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.

  1. The blessed business.

Malachi 3:11-12 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops…says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed…

  • 90% with God’s blessing is far more than 100% without it.

Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

The Tithe Is The Place to Start

Matthew 23:23 …You give a tenth of your spices-mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.