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Malachi 3:8-10 ESV
8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 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 need.
I. TIPPING VERSUS TITHING
A. Tipping is not tithing, & 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.
II. TITHING, LEGALISM, AND GRACE
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.
III. TITHING AS GOD’S TRAINING WHEELS
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)
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 that we change.