Accelerate-Give (Part 1)

Johnny Helton
April 30, 2017

Accelerate-Give (Part 1)

Text: Malachi 3:6-12 “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the ays of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.”

1. Tithing is God’s Will for Your Life

  • Leviticus 27:30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”
  • Genesis 14:18-20 “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
  • Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! 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.”
  • Mark 12:17 “Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.”

2. Tithing is the Funding Stream for the Lord’s Work

  • Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house…”
  • Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
  • Deuteronomy 10:14 “To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.”
  • Psalm 50:10-12 “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.”
  • Haggai 2:8 “The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

3. Tithing Helps Our Faith to Grow

4. Practical Suggestions for Tithing