Sermon Recap: What about Tithing?

You-Asked-For-It-WIRED-EmailA recap of week 3’s sermon from the You Asked For It series. Pastor Nick answered the question, “What is New Passion’s Stance on Tithing? Give What You Can? Or, give a required strict 10%? Was tithing a part of the law and if so, didn’t Jesus free us from those requirements?”

  1. Money is important to God: There are over 500 verse on prayer, less than 500 on faith, and over 2,000 verses on money.
  2. 15% of all Jesus’ teachings were on money, more than his teachings on heaven and hell combined.
  3. God’s perspective on money: God owns everything; therefore he loans everything (Deut 8:17-18 ESV).
  4. What we invest in is an X-Ray of our heart’s true affections (Matt 6:21 NLT)
  5. Tithing was included in the law, but was not exclusive to the law
  6. The very first, First Fruit Offering took place by Able 2,550 years before the law and Abraham’s tithe was recorded 430 years before the law
  7. Both Cain and Able worked jobs and gave God an offering from their produce at harvest time. Cain gave just some of his crops, but Able gave his first and his best. God accepted Able and his offering, but rejected Cain and his offering.
  8. God did not reject Cain because his offering was not a certain percentage; He rejected Cain because his offering reflected that he had not given God the first and best of his heart
  9. The tithe has always been referred to as “holy” (Leviticus 27:30 ESV); the Bible never changes that definition, in the Old or New Testament
  10. Tithing is a spiritual exercise to help us keep God first in our lives and it’s one way to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
  11. 2 Corinthians 9 does not eliminate the tithe. It tells of ONE event where the church at Jerusalem had a financial crisis and Paul urged the church at Corinth to give sacrificially and generously to help meet this need (9:6-7).
  12. 2 Corinthians 9 teaches a universal principle that worshipful giving should be free and cheerful, not reluctant and out of obligation. Able gave freely; Cain gave out of obligation (Genesis 4:1-7 NLT)
  13. God will help you do more in your life with 90% than you can do with 100% alone
  14. Matthew 23:23, Jesus said, “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” [Justice, mercy, and faith]

The full sermon audio will be available online beginning August 17, 2015.