4/2/17 – God’s Training Wheels of Giving

Malachi 3:8-10

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10Bring 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 need.

A. Tipping is not tithing and tipping is robbing God.
B. We give tips. We pay tithes.
C. Tipping is giving what you have to someone else. Tithing is giving God what is already His.
D. Tithing is not just about God’s ownership of our money, but of us.

A. Tithing is not legalistic, unless it is done to get instead of because you already have.
B. Grace changes why we obey God, not whether or not we should obey God.

A. Tithing is not a finish line but the way God gets us started towards being generous like He is generous.

Deuteronomy 14:22-23 — 22 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. 23 And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

B. Before we can be generous, we must learn to be faithful, which is what tithing teaches us to be.
C. Tithing does not just force us to trust God for our immediate future, it forces us to remember God’s goodness in the past.

1. Tithing requires change because obedience to God always requires we change.
2. Accept the 90 Day Challenge