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20 Tithe & Offering Messages for Any Occasion

20 Tithe & Offering Messages for Any Occasion

Looking for new tithe and offering messages? Use these prompts and scripts to strengthen your appeal and increase giving.

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Making a giving appeal every Sunday can feel a bit like preaching the same sermon every week. How do you communicate to your church what is tithes and offerings and the importance of it in a fresh and new way?

What Is Tithing?

Tithing involves giving a tenth of one's income or produce to God, as an act of worship and obedience. This concept is first mentioned in the Old Testament, particularly in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, where it is presented as a commandment to the Israelites. The tithe was meant to support the Levites, who served in the temple, and to help the poor and needy. 

In the New Testament, while tithing is not explicitly commanded, the principle of giving generously and sacrificially for the work of the church and the support of its ministers is emphasized. Jesus acknowledges tithing but places greater emphasis on the attitudes behind giving—encouraging giving that is done out of love for God and for others.

What's the Difference Between Tithes and Offerings?

Tithes are a specific portion of one’s income, traditionally one-tenth, given to the church. This practice finds its basis in Old Testament teachings and is viewed by many as a mandated act of faith, symbolizing obedience, gratitude, and acknowledgement of God's providence. 

On the other hand, offerings are voluntary contributions that go above and beyond the tithe. These are not constrained by a fixed percentage and are given freely, often in response to a particular need or as an expression of the giver's love and generosity. 

Why Should I Tithe?

Tithing is more than just giving away a part of your income; it's a meaningful practice that deeply connects with your faith and values and demonstrates obedience to God.

Tithing can also have a powerful impact on your walk with Jesus - by giving away a portion of your income, you’re putting your trust in God and stretching your faith. 

Finally, tithing can be a wonderful way to help support your church!

However, every church has a little bit of a different approach to tithing. 

They range from “Please place your envelopes in the plate” to a 5-minute reflection on the Bible's teaching on tithe and offering.

Either way, it's hard to make the same message really appeal to the heart without believing your congregants to click off their minds and think: “We get it. You want our money."

But the truth is neither to lean into the same stale routine every Sunday, nor to make the giving appeal a second sermon. The truth is somewhere in the middle. People pay attention to things that are fresh. Fresh ideas. Fresh vegetables. Fresh giving appeals.

That's the magic middle-ground where, if you go there, your congregants will be willing to meet you. And that middle ground is a brief giving appeal (30-90 seconds) that recruits the same serious homiletical preparation as your sermon, but frames giving in some new way.

That means, if you make a giving appeal 50 Sundays a year for 20 years, that's 2000 fresh takes on giving! Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Just like you'll preach 2000 sermons with at least one fresh idea.

Reasons to Give Back to God

As you’ll want to emphasize to congregants, giving transcends mere obligation; it's a heartfelt expression of faith and an acknowledgment of God’s provision and blessings. 

Here are practical reasons to give back to God.

Giving is a Reflection of Priorities

When we choose to give back to God, it is a powerful indicator of our priorities. It's not just about the act of giving itself, but about what we are willing to forgo in order to give. This is perhaps the most powerful meaning behind Jesus’ statement: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21).

Giving is a Privilege

Giving is not just a duty but a privilege. This perspective transforms the act of giving from a burden to a joyous expression of faith. It's an opportunity to be a part of something greater than oneself, to contribute to the welfare of the community, and to participate in divine work. 

Giving is a Blessing

“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).

There are spiritual, emotional, and communal benefits that come with giving. Those who give generously often find themselves enriched with a deeper sense of purpose, connection, and well-being. 

When Are People Giving Tithes and Offerings?

People give tithes and offerings at different times–for example, some donors will tithe every two weeks, others will tithe each month, and others will tithe quarterly or annually. As for offerings, people typically give offerings during weekend services, but a time of offerings may also happen during a special event like a mid-week prayer meeting or conference.

Understand the Purpose in Giving Offerings

Offerings are above and beyond the tithe. A special offering may be collected for a specific need in the church, missions, or for a special organization. Don’t be afraid to exhort individuals to give sacrificially and generously.

Inspiring a spirit of gratitude and stewardship in financial matters isn’t always easy but it’s important for building a culture of generosity in your church. When you motivate believers to give out of love and obedience to God, you’ll see the fruit! 

One way to do this is to share testimonies and stories that illustrate the impact of giving; you can also discuss practical ways to manage finances and prioritize giving. But the most important way to do this is to teach on the Biblical significance of giving! Guide individuals in setting aside a portion of their income for tithes and offerings with scripture and Biblical principles. 

This includes illustrating the biblical examples of faithful giving and its impact, and demonstrating the connection between giving and the advancement of God's kingdom. But most of all, it calls for advocating for the importance of giving as a spiritual discipline.

Instead of talking about simple online giving for churches, church management software, or how to write a great sermon, here are 20 unique tithe and offering messages you can use for any scenario—Sunday service, pot lucks, and mid-week gatherings alike.

1. Give to Be Blessed

“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.” (Malachi 3:10)

Teach about the blessings and rewards associated with tithing and offering, and emphasize the biblical principles and teachings on giving: Giving is not just about sacrifice. It is God’s way of ritually introducing us into the flow of sowing and reaping that is the subcurrent of his creation. Participate in the harvest that God has for us by sowing your gift with him today.

2. Give From the Heart

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33-34)

Encourage faithful and cheerful giving: Where is your heart when you come to church? Is it in your family? Is it on your wealth? Is it on your limitations? I want to invite you today to sow an eternal legacy by giving to God from the treasures that you cannot take with you.

3. Why You Give

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Challenge individuals to trust God with their finances and prioritize giving: The first law of thermodynamics states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. There is a similar moral principle in the Bible about good and evil. What you put out into God’s creation will bring a return for good or evil. What you add to the wellbeing of life on earth, you receive back in fulfillment. What you take and scratch and steal will be taken, scratched, and stolen back.

God desires to multiply that good through us now while we’re on earth. That’s why he created the church. So I’d like to ask of you, today, to give because that’s why God created you — to enjoy him and to bring that joy to others.

4. What God Does With Your Gift

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

Remind your church of the power of a freely given offering: God knows the power of a gift. That’s why he didn’t institute a “church tax.” He wanted every gift to be given from one’s own will so that when the blessings come, we understand how God worked through our gift to prosper our wellbeing.

You have a moment of opportunity to be ushered into the presence of God by giving to him, as he so graciously has given to us. Will you enter into the presence of God with me by worshipping him through a gift?

5. What God Does In You When You Give

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Talk about the power of financial giving: In important ways, money is power. God has more power than anyone. He shares it with us freely so that we can experience this wild and interesting life with him. Part of that life is the life of the church. And to be in vital communion with God and in alignment with his mission, we care for our members and our community. I ask that you would give to that care now so that God’s power can flow through us to heal the broken in our church and community.

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6. The Role of Giving in God’s Kingdom

“You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

Teach on the importance of stewardship: God gives us the blessing of being able to work, earn, save, spend, and accumulate wealth. We do this for our children. We do this for our community. We do this for ourselves. But we also do it to honor God as faithful stewards. And as stewards, we joyfully worship God each Sunday by giving back to him from what we have earned so that the church can do meaningful work for God’s kingdom in the world. Would you join me in worshipping God as faithful stewards through giving?

7. We Give Because We Get It

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Dive deep into "cheerful giving": Have you ever listened to someone that makes you think: “Wow. They get it!” Maybe it’s a podcaster who articulates your political views very well, or a book that explains you better than you could explain yourself. But we all know what it’s like to love finding someone else who gets it, whatever it is.

God loves everybody. But what he loves about a cheerful giver is that they get it. They get the connection between spiritual growth and generosity. They get that giving is itself a blessing to the giver. They get it. Not that those who aren’t in a position to give don’t get it. But there are far more of those who can and don’t, and those who think they can’t, but probably could.

To both of you, God says: “I love a cheerful giver!”

8. Lack of Generosity Causes Spiritual Stiffness

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” (Psalm 119:36)

Give a warning about spiritual hardness: It’s interesting how the Psalmist contrasts God’s testimonies with selfish gain. Note, too, that there is no contrast between gain and God’s testimonies—only selfish gain.

But what makes something selfish? For the Psalmist, it has to do with the heart, since he prays “Incline my heart … not to selfish gain!” The physical heart can do many things, but the spiritual heart does a few big things. One thing is to hold or release.

When you think of your money, does your heart hold or release? If it can release, it’s not selfish gain. If it can’t, it might be lingering beneath the surface.

One way God helps us fight against grasping so tightly onto our money that it gets in the way of God’s testimonies to us is to give to the church. God tells us to do it, and he knows it’s an ailment for hearts that are often inclined toward selfishness. Would you release your heart today and give to God as we incline our heart toward his testimonies?

9. Generosity Prevents Idolatry

“All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” (Proverbs 21:26)

Teach on generosity as a remedy for idolatry: Stress the importance of tithing and offering as acts of worship! Giving turns your heart away from idols and towards God: Speaking of the wicked man, the book of Proverbs tells us that his craving lasts “all day long.” It means when he goes to work, he “craves for more.” That’s natural. You want your endeavors to succeed.

Then he goes home, and he still “craves for more.” He sits down for dinner and “craves for more.” He gets into bed, wakes up, and “craves for more.” Then, he goes to church, and he still “craves for more.”

The righteous, by contrast, give without sparing. It’s a paradox, right? If you give without sparing, won’t you be the one who “craves for more”? Not in God’s world. To give a portion of our earnings to God keeps our hearts reminded of the God who not only calls us to give, but blesses us in return.

10. Giving is a Spiritual Gift

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)

Remind your church that giving is a gift: You all have many gifts. Some are called to give more, and some are called to give less. But when we are called to give, we are called to give generously.

Would you consider being the body of Christ with us by giving now, in our weekly opportunity to give back to god?

11. Give to God’s Kingdom

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

Give vision for advancing the Kingdom: Notice the connection the Apostle Paul makes between increasing your store of seed and enlarging the harvest of your righteousness. When we are equipped with enough resources to give generously, our capacity to produce a greater effect is increased.

Paul makes a holy assumption here that, as God supplies, the Corinthians by the time of his writing would use the blessings appropriately—that is, for righteous works, such as funding the mission and work of the church.

Join me in practicing the Apostle Paul’s generous assumption here today as we give to the Lord with what he has given us.

12. When We Give, We Become Like Christ

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Go back to Jesus: It is tempting to always look for the “return on investment” on your generosity. And that is worthwhile, because we must be excellent stewards of God’s money. But sometimes, generosity is more about what God is doing in us through giving than it is about knowing exactly how that gift will be used.

We are entering that moment right now in our service, when we are all challenged once again to believe the promise of Jesus; “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Will you join me in trusting this promise by giving to the church?

13. Create Margin in Your Life

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Teach on the power of margin: God doesn’t care if we have 2 pennies or 2 Billion dollars. When we give according to what we have, we please him with an offering from the heart. He works in us to create margin so that we are not always busting at our budget’s seams.

Today, I am inviting you to create margin in your life — no matter what you make — to make margin for God to work, for you to breathe, and for the church to thrive.

14. Be Uncomfortable for the Kingdom’s Legacy

“All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” (Exodus 35:22)

Talk about discomfort: When Israel first built the tabernacle under Moses, fresh out of Egypt, they all gave their most valuable objects so that Israel could extend the kingdom of God in a manner worthy of the Lord. I’m sure many of them felt the sting—”That was my wedding ring,” “That was my mother's brooch,” “I paid a fortune for that ring.”

And yet, it was all worth it — “All who were willing, men and women alike … all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” What a beautiful picture of luxurious generosity for the sake of honoring the majesty of God.

I would like us to give in that spirit today.

15. God Gets to You What He Can Get through You

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Remind your church of the deep connection between wealth and opportunity: Every dollar that passes through our hands is a transfer of power. And how we use that power is something that shapes us, for better or worse.

One of the ways God turns us into more generous, thankful, joyful people is by blessing us with money so that we can give it back to the kingdom and “result in thanksgiving to god.”

Will you join with me in becoming a thankful people by giving back to the kingdom?

16. The Church is Meant to Be a Financial Force for Good

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Remind your church of the blessing of generosity: The connection between what we do in this life, and how we are rewarded in the next, becomes very vague when you get into the details. What can we really expect from God? God loves this question and puts the metaphor in Scripture — he says, “Let’s pretend a tithe is a consumer transaction. Let’s say you’re paying me, whom you know, trust, and love, money to return the cost of that gift to you in a form of my choosing, because I know and love you.”

God promises to bless us when we give—that blessing may be spiritual enrichment, the joy of being used by God, or something more concrete. But the point is that what we give to God, we always get back. So join me in trusting God that whatever he gives us in return, it will be worth it.

17. Look at What God Has Done through Your Generosity

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)

Look back at the gift of giving: When we fail to cultivate generosity, it is easy to isolate ourselves from the natural give-and-take of human relationships, and so we experience no give or take.

Giving is a way of opening ourselves to opportunity. When we choose to be God’s opportunity of help and love for another person, we place ourselves in God’s design for giving and receiving from one another.

Would you step into this opportunity to be like the one who gives freely in Proverbs?

18. The Experience of Giving Changes Us

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Give vision for transformation: Paul wrote this after receiving a financial gift from the Philippian church. He says: “Because you made a financial sacrifice to the church as an expression of God’s generosity to you, both the ministry it produces and the satisfaction of being used by God will be all the sweeter.”

There’s something irreplaceable about giving. It does something in us — it makes us uncomfortable in a way that we need, but scarcely want. But we all want to be the kind of people that being generous makes us.

Would you make a financial sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom as an expression of your gratitude toward God’s generosity toward you in christ?

19. Give to Worship God

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Teach on giving as a discipline: The author of Hebrews speaks of giving as a discipline. Notice that he could have equated doing good with anything.

“Do not neglect to do good and to pray.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to study the Bible.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to volunteer at church.”

But he says something else — something at the heart of doing good: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Will you join me in making a sacrifice pleasing to God by sharing what you have with the kingdom today?

20. Grow God’s Legacy By Giving

“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.” (Leviticus 27:30)

Emphasize the significance of legacy: We often forget how rich God is. Asking you to give to the church doesn’t help God’s financial reputation. If everything belongs to him, why do we give a tithe back to him?

One reason is that we need to remember that God really does own everything. Even the national parks belong to him — “everything from the land … belongs to the Lord.”

Let us stand in awe of the holiness of God today as we practice recognition of his Lordship by giving a tithe back to him.

Benefits Of Giving Tithes And Offering

Tithes and offerings come with a myriad of benefits. Here are a few.

  1. Cultivating a Generous Spirit

Giving from your income helps you cultivate a more generous spirit in general–with your time, your home, and your compassion.

  1. Expressing Gratitude

It’s impossible to say “I don’t have enough” when you give! Giving helps you become grateful for what’s already yours.

  1. Experiencing Joy

Giving helps you experience joy! In fact, generosity has been linked to higher levels of “happy chemicals” in your brain.

  1. Developing Trust in God

To give, you need to trust that you will be provided for. In other words, you need to trust God!

  1. Supporting the Church and Community

In a practical way, giving helps you support the church and the community. Most of us know that running a church requires money for building payments, payroll, ministry expenses, and more. 

  1. Experiencing Spiritual Growth

Giving is an act of obedience. It will stretch you, but ultimately, you’ll experience more spiritual growth in Christ!

  1. Storing up Treasures in Heaven

The Bible says to “store up treasures in heaven” rather than on earth (Matt 6:19). In other words, giving has eternal significance that goes far beyond the momentary satisfaction of acquiring possessions. 

  1. Inviting God's Blessing

When you give, you invite God’s blessing in your life. 

Tithe and Offerings Motivational Quotes

  • “Tithing is a principle of sacrifice and a key to the opening of the windows of heaven.” — James E. Faust 
  • “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”  — Albert Einstein
  • “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” — John Wesley

Tithe and Offerings Songs for Church with Lyrics

“You're rich in love and You're slow to anger. Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come. Still my soul will sing Your praise unending. 10,000 years and then forevermore.” – 10,000 Reasons; Matt Redman

“This is amazing grace; this is unfailing love. That You would take my place, that You would bear my cross. You laid down Your life that I would be set free. Oh, Jesus, I sing for all that You've done for me.” – This is Amazing Grace; Chris Tomlin

These songs are wonderful for encouraging gratitude–and in turn, encouraging giving!

Over to you

Use these church offering scripts to strengthen the attention and responsiveness you can command through putting hard, refining work into your giving appeal each Sunday. They will not only help you effectively communicate what is tithes and offering, but it will also leave your congregants with encouragement about giving tithes and offerings (which, by the way, can be made even easier using a church management software that also offers an online giving tool).

In less than 15-minutes, a preacher who regularly gives a sermon on Sunday could reflect and create a fresh angle on the giving appeal in light of some new event, celebration, thought, or holiday that would create a trust in your congregants that you will reward attention given to the giving appeal with fresh and fulfilling insight.

For easy printing, you can click here to download our free Sermon on Giving Tithes and Offering PDF.

P.S. Did you hear that Tithely created all-in-one sermon writing tool dedicated to pastors who love to preach? Write, research, plan, and share your sermons – with Sermonly. Check it out here.

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For more resources, download Church Offering Talks: 52 Prompts for Every Occasion.

AUTHOR

Paul Maxwell, Ph.D., is the Content Strategist at Tithe.ly. Find him at paulmaxwell.co.

Making a giving appeal every Sunday can feel a bit like preaching the same sermon every week. How do you communicate to your church what is tithes and offerings and the importance of it in a fresh and new way?

What Is Tithing?

Tithing involves giving a tenth of one's income or produce to God, as an act of worship and obedience. This concept is first mentioned in the Old Testament, particularly in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, where it is presented as a commandment to the Israelites. The tithe was meant to support the Levites, who served in the temple, and to help the poor and needy. 

In the New Testament, while tithing is not explicitly commanded, the principle of giving generously and sacrificially for the work of the church and the support of its ministers is emphasized. Jesus acknowledges tithing but places greater emphasis on the attitudes behind giving—encouraging giving that is done out of love for God and for others.

What's the Difference Between Tithes and Offerings?

Tithes are a specific portion of one’s income, traditionally one-tenth, given to the church. This practice finds its basis in Old Testament teachings and is viewed by many as a mandated act of faith, symbolizing obedience, gratitude, and acknowledgement of God's providence. 

On the other hand, offerings are voluntary contributions that go above and beyond the tithe. These are not constrained by a fixed percentage and are given freely, often in response to a particular need or as an expression of the giver's love and generosity. 

Why Should I Tithe?

Tithing is more than just giving away a part of your income; it's a meaningful practice that deeply connects with your faith and values and demonstrates obedience to God.

Tithing can also have a powerful impact on your walk with Jesus - by giving away a portion of your income, you’re putting your trust in God and stretching your faith. 

Finally, tithing can be a wonderful way to help support your church!

However, every church has a little bit of a different approach to tithing. 

They range from “Please place your envelopes in the plate” to a 5-minute reflection on the Bible's teaching on tithe and offering.

Either way, it's hard to make the same message really appeal to the heart without believing your congregants to click off their minds and think: “We get it. You want our money."

But the truth is neither to lean into the same stale routine every Sunday, nor to make the giving appeal a second sermon. The truth is somewhere in the middle. People pay attention to things that are fresh. Fresh ideas. Fresh vegetables. Fresh giving appeals.

That's the magic middle-ground where, if you go there, your congregants will be willing to meet you. And that middle ground is a brief giving appeal (30-90 seconds) that recruits the same serious homiletical preparation as your sermon, but frames giving in some new way.

That means, if you make a giving appeal 50 Sundays a year for 20 years, that's 2000 fresh takes on giving! Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Just like you'll preach 2000 sermons with at least one fresh idea.

Reasons to Give Back to God

As you’ll want to emphasize to congregants, giving transcends mere obligation; it's a heartfelt expression of faith and an acknowledgment of God’s provision and blessings. 

Here are practical reasons to give back to God.

Giving is a Reflection of Priorities

When we choose to give back to God, it is a powerful indicator of our priorities. It's not just about the act of giving itself, but about what we are willing to forgo in order to give. This is perhaps the most powerful meaning behind Jesus’ statement: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21).

Giving is a Privilege

Giving is not just a duty but a privilege. This perspective transforms the act of giving from a burden to a joyous expression of faith. It's an opportunity to be a part of something greater than oneself, to contribute to the welfare of the community, and to participate in divine work. 

Giving is a Blessing

“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).

There are spiritual, emotional, and communal benefits that come with giving. Those who give generously often find themselves enriched with a deeper sense of purpose, connection, and well-being. 

When Are People Giving Tithes and Offerings?

People give tithes and offerings at different times–for example, some donors will tithe every two weeks, others will tithe each month, and others will tithe quarterly or annually. As for offerings, people typically give offerings during weekend services, but a time of offerings may also happen during a special event like a mid-week prayer meeting or conference.

Understand the Purpose in Giving Offerings

Offerings are above and beyond the tithe. A special offering may be collected for a specific need in the church, missions, or for a special organization. Don’t be afraid to exhort individuals to give sacrificially and generously.

Inspiring a spirit of gratitude and stewardship in financial matters isn’t always easy but it’s important for building a culture of generosity in your church. When you motivate believers to give out of love and obedience to God, you’ll see the fruit! 

One way to do this is to share testimonies and stories that illustrate the impact of giving; you can also discuss practical ways to manage finances and prioritize giving. But the most important way to do this is to teach on the Biblical significance of giving! Guide individuals in setting aside a portion of their income for tithes and offerings with scripture and Biblical principles. 

This includes illustrating the biblical examples of faithful giving and its impact, and demonstrating the connection between giving and the advancement of God's kingdom. But most of all, it calls for advocating for the importance of giving as a spiritual discipline.

Instead of talking about simple online giving for churches, church management software, or how to write a great sermon, here are 20 unique tithe and offering messages you can use for any scenario—Sunday service, pot lucks, and mid-week gatherings alike.

1. Give to Be Blessed

“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.” (Malachi 3:10)

Teach about the blessings and rewards associated with tithing and offering, and emphasize the biblical principles and teachings on giving: Giving is not just about sacrifice. It is God’s way of ritually introducing us into the flow of sowing and reaping that is the subcurrent of his creation. Participate in the harvest that God has for us by sowing your gift with him today.

2. Give From the Heart

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33-34)

Encourage faithful and cheerful giving: Where is your heart when you come to church? Is it in your family? Is it on your wealth? Is it on your limitations? I want to invite you today to sow an eternal legacy by giving to God from the treasures that you cannot take with you.

3. Why You Give

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Challenge individuals to trust God with their finances and prioritize giving: The first law of thermodynamics states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. There is a similar moral principle in the Bible about good and evil. What you put out into God’s creation will bring a return for good or evil. What you add to the wellbeing of life on earth, you receive back in fulfillment. What you take and scratch and steal will be taken, scratched, and stolen back.

God desires to multiply that good through us now while we’re on earth. That’s why he created the church. So I’d like to ask of you, today, to give because that’s why God created you — to enjoy him and to bring that joy to others.

4. What God Does With Your Gift

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

Remind your church of the power of a freely given offering: God knows the power of a gift. That’s why he didn’t institute a “church tax.” He wanted every gift to be given from one’s own will so that when the blessings come, we understand how God worked through our gift to prosper our wellbeing.

You have a moment of opportunity to be ushered into the presence of God by giving to him, as he so graciously has given to us. Will you enter into the presence of God with me by worshipping him through a gift?

5. What God Does In You When You Give

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Talk about the power of financial giving: In important ways, money is power. God has more power than anyone. He shares it with us freely so that we can experience this wild and interesting life with him. Part of that life is the life of the church. And to be in vital communion with God and in alignment with his mission, we care for our members and our community. I ask that you would give to that care now so that God’s power can flow through us to heal the broken in our church and community.

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6. The Role of Giving in God’s Kingdom

“You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

Teach on the importance of stewardship: God gives us the blessing of being able to work, earn, save, spend, and accumulate wealth. We do this for our children. We do this for our community. We do this for ourselves. But we also do it to honor God as faithful stewards. And as stewards, we joyfully worship God each Sunday by giving back to him from what we have earned so that the church can do meaningful work for God’s kingdom in the world. Would you join me in worshipping God as faithful stewards through giving?

7. We Give Because We Get It

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Dive deep into "cheerful giving": Have you ever listened to someone that makes you think: “Wow. They get it!” Maybe it’s a podcaster who articulates your political views very well, or a book that explains you better than you could explain yourself. But we all know what it’s like to love finding someone else who gets it, whatever it is.

God loves everybody. But what he loves about a cheerful giver is that they get it. They get the connection between spiritual growth and generosity. They get that giving is itself a blessing to the giver. They get it. Not that those who aren’t in a position to give don’t get it. But there are far more of those who can and don’t, and those who think they can’t, but probably could.

To both of you, God says: “I love a cheerful giver!”

8. Lack of Generosity Causes Spiritual Stiffness

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” (Psalm 119:36)

Give a warning about spiritual hardness: It’s interesting how the Psalmist contrasts God’s testimonies with selfish gain. Note, too, that there is no contrast between gain and God’s testimonies—only selfish gain.

But what makes something selfish? For the Psalmist, it has to do with the heart, since he prays “Incline my heart … not to selfish gain!” The physical heart can do many things, but the spiritual heart does a few big things. One thing is to hold or release.

When you think of your money, does your heart hold or release? If it can release, it’s not selfish gain. If it can’t, it might be lingering beneath the surface.

One way God helps us fight against grasping so tightly onto our money that it gets in the way of God’s testimonies to us is to give to the church. God tells us to do it, and he knows it’s an ailment for hearts that are often inclined toward selfishness. Would you release your heart today and give to God as we incline our heart toward his testimonies?

9. Generosity Prevents Idolatry

“All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” (Proverbs 21:26)

Teach on generosity as a remedy for idolatry: Stress the importance of tithing and offering as acts of worship! Giving turns your heart away from idols and towards God: Speaking of the wicked man, the book of Proverbs tells us that his craving lasts “all day long.” It means when he goes to work, he “craves for more.” That’s natural. You want your endeavors to succeed.

Then he goes home, and he still “craves for more.” He sits down for dinner and “craves for more.” He gets into bed, wakes up, and “craves for more.” Then, he goes to church, and he still “craves for more.”

The righteous, by contrast, give without sparing. It’s a paradox, right? If you give without sparing, won’t you be the one who “craves for more”? Not in God’s world. To give a portion of our earnings to God keeps our hearts reminded of the God who not only calls us to give, but blesses us in return.

10. Giving is a Spiritual Gift

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)

Remind your church that giving is a gift: You all have many gifts. Some are called to give more, and some are called to give less. But when we are called to give, we are called to give generously.

Would you consider being the body of Christ with us by giving now, in our weekly opportunity to give back to god?

11. Give to God’s Kingdom

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

Give vision for advancing the Kingdom: Notice the connection the Apostle Paul makes between increasing your store of seed and enlarging the harvest of your righteousness. When we are equipped with enough resources to give generously, our capacity to produce a greater effect is increased.

Paul makes a holy assumption here that, as God supplies, the Corinthians by the time of his writing would use the blessings appropriately—that is, for righteous works, such as funding the mission and work of the church.

Join me in practicing the Apostle Paul’s generous assumption here today as we give to the Lord with what he has given us.

12. When We Give, We Become Like Christ

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Go back to Jesus: It is tempting to always look for the “return on investment” on your generosity. And that is worthwhile, because we must be excellent stewards of God’s money. But sometimes, generosity is more about what God is doing in us through giving than it is about knowing exactly how that gift will be used.

We are entering that moment right now in our service, when we are all challenged once again to believe the promise of Jesus; “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Will you join me in trusting this promise by giving to the church?

13. Create Margin in Your Life

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Teach on the power of margin: God doesn’t care if we have 2 pennies or 2 Billion dollars. When we give according to what we have, we please him with an offering from the heart. He works in us to create margin so that we are not always busting at our budget’s seams.

Today, I am inviting you to create margin in your life — no matter what you make — to make margin for God to work, for you to breathe, and for the church to thrive.

14. Be Uncomfortable for the Kingdom’s Legacy

“All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” (Exodus 35:22)

Talk about discomfort: When Israel first built the tabernacle under Moses, fresh out of Egypt, they all gave their most valuable objects so that Israel could extend the kingdom of God in a manner worthy of the Lord. I’m sure many of them felt the sting—”That was my wedding ring,” “That was my mother's brooch,” “I paid a fortune for that ring.”

And yet, it was all worth it — “All who were willing, men and women alike … all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” What a beautiful picture of luxurious generosity for the sake of honoring the majesty of God.

I would like us to give in that spirit today.

15. God Gets to You What He Can Get through You

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Remind your church of the deep connection between wealth and opportunity: Every dollar that passes through our hands is a transfer of power. And how we use that power is something that shapes us, for better or worse.

One of the ways God turns us into more generous, thankful, joyful people is by blessing us with money so that we can give it back to the kingdom and “result in thanksgiving to god.”

Will you join with me in becoming a thankful people by giving back to the kingdom?

16. The Church is Meant to Be a Financial Force for Good

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Remind your church of the blessing of generosity: The connection between what we do in this life, and how we are rewarded in the next, becomes very vague when you get into the details. What can we really expect from God? God loves this question and puts the metaphor in Scripture — he says, “Let’s pretend a tithe is a consumer transaction. Let’s say you’re paying me, whom you know, trust, and love, money to return the cost of that gift to you in a form of my choosing, because I know and love you.”

God promises to bless us when we give—that blessing may be spiritual enrichment, the joy of being used by God, or something more concrete. But the point is that what we give to God, we always get back. So join me in trusting God that whatever he gives us in return, it will be worth it.

17. Look at What God Has Done through Your Generosity

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)

Look back at the gift of giving: When we fail to cultivate generosity, it is easy to isolate ourselves from the natural give-and-take of human relationships, and so we experience no give or take.

Giving is a way of opening ourselves to opportunity. When we choose to be God’s opportunity of help and love for another person, we place ourselves in God’s design for giving and receiving from one another.

Would you step into this opportunity to be like the one who gives freely in Proverbs?

18. The Experience of Giving Changes Us

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Give vision for transformation: Paul wrote this after receiving a financial gift from the Philippian church. He says: “Because you made a financial sacrifice to the church as an expression of God’s generosity to you, both the ministry it produces and the satisfaction of being used by God will be all the sweeter.”

There’s something irreplaceable about giving. It does something in us — it makes us uncomfortable in a way that we need, but scarcely want. But we all want to be the kind of people that being generous makes us.

Would you make a financial sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom as an expression of your gratitude toward God’s generosity toward you in christ?

19. Give to Worship God

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Teach on giving as a discipline: The author of Hebrews speaks of giving as a discipline. Notice that he could have equated doing good with anything.

“Do not neglect to do good and to pray.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to study the Bible.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to volunteer at church.”

But he says something else — something at the heart of doing good: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Will you join me in making a sacrifice pleasing to God by sharing what you have with the kingdom today?

20. Grow God’s Legacy By Giving

“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.” (Leviticus 27:30)

Emphasize the significance of legacy: We often forget how rich God is. Asking you to give to the church doesn’t help God’s financial reputation. If everything belongs to him, why do we give a tithe back to him?

One reason is that we need to remember that God really does own everything. Even the national parks belong to him — “everything from the land … belongs to the Lord.”

Let us stand in awe of the holiness of God today as we practice recognition of his Lordship by giving a tithe back to him.

Benefits Of Giving Tithes And Offering

Tithes and offerings come with a myriad of benefits. Here are a few.

  1. Cultivating a Generous Spirit

Giving from your income helps you cultivate a more generous spirit in general–with your time, your home, and your compassion.

  1. Expressing Gratitude

It’s impossible to say “I don’t have enough” when you give! Giving helps you become grateful for what’s already yours.

  1. Experiencing Joy

Giving helps you experience joy! In fact, generosity has been linked to higher levels of “happy chemicals” in your brain.

  1. Developing Trust in God

To give, you need to trust that you will be provided for. In other words, you need to trust God!

  1. Supporting the Church and Community

In a practical way, giving helps you support the church and the community. Most of us know that running a church requires money for building payments, payroll, ministry expenses, and more. 

  1. Experiencing Spiritual Growth

Giving is an act of obedience. It will stretch you, but ultimately, you’ll experience more spiritual growth in Christ!

  1. Storing up Treasures in Heaven

The Bible says to “store up treasures in heaven” rather than on earth (Matt 6:19). In other words, giving has eternal significance that goes far beyond the momentary satisfaction of acquiring possessions. 

  1. Inviting God's Blessing

When you give, you invite God’s blessing in your life. 

Tithe and Offerings Motivational Quotes

  • “Tithing is a principle of sacrifice and a key to the opening of the windows of heaven.” — James E. Faust 
  • “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”  — Albert Einstein
  • “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” — John Wesley

Tithe and Offerings Songs for Church with Lyrics

“You're rich in love and You're slow to anger. Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come. Still my soul will sing Your praise unending. 10,000 years and then forevermore.” – 10,000 Reasons; Matt Redman

“This is amazing grace; this is unfailing love. That You would take my place, that You would bear my cross. You laid down Your life that I would be set free. Oh, Jesus, I sing for all that You've done for me.” – This is Amazing Grace; Chris Tomlin

These songs are wonderful for encouraging gratitude–and in turn, encouraging giving!

Over to you

Use these church offering scripts to strengthen the attention and responsiveness you can command through putting hard, refining work into your giving appeal each Sunday. They will not only help you effectively communicate what is tithes and offering, but it will also leave your congregants with encouragement about giving tithes and offerings (which, by the way, can be made even easier using a church management software that also offers an online giving tool).

In less than 15-minutes, a preacher who regularly gives a sermon on Sunday could reflect and create a fresh angle on the giving appeal in light of some new event, celebration, thought, or holiday that would create a trust in your congregants that you will reward attention given to the giving appeal with fresh and fulfilling insight.

For easy printing, you can click here to download our free Sermon on Giving Tithes and Offering PDF.

P.S. Did you hear that Tithely created all-in-one sermon writing tool dedicated to pastors who love to preach? Write, research, plan, and share your sermons – with Sermonly. Check it out here.

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AUTHOR

Paul Maxwell, Ph.D., is the Content Strategist at Tithe.ly. Find him at paulmaxwell.co.

Making a giving appeal every Sunday can feel a bit like preaching the same sermon every week. How do you communicate to your church what is tithes and offerings and the importance of it in a fresh and new way?

What Is Tithing?

Tithing involves giving a tenth of one's income or produce to God, as an act of worship and obedience. This concept is first mentioned in the Old Testament, particularly in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, where it is presented as a commandment to the Israelites. The tithe was meant to support the Levites, who served in the temple, and to help the poor and needy. 

In the New Testament, while tithing is not explicitly commanded, the principle of giving generously and sacrificially for the work of the church and the support of its ministers is emphasized. Jesus acknowledges tithing but places greater emphasis on the attitudes behind giving—encouraging giving that is done out of love for God and for others.

What's the Difference Between Tithes and Offerings?

Tithes are a specific portion of one’s income, traditionally one-tenth, given to the church. This practice finds its basis in Old Testament teachings and is viewed by many as a mandated act of faith, symbolizing obedience, gratitude, and acknowledgement of God's providence. 

On the other hand, offerings are voluntary contributions that go above and beyond the tithe. These are not constrained by a fixed percentage and are given freely, often in response to a particular need or as an expression of the giver's love and generosity. 

Why Should I Tithe?

Tithing is more than just giving away a part of your income; it's a meaningful practice that deeply connects with your faith and values and demonstrates obedience to God.

Tithing can also have a powerful impact on your walk with Jesus - by giving away a portion of your income, you’re putting your trust in God and stretching your faith. 

Finally, tithing can be a wonderful way to help support your church!

However, every church has a little bit of a different approach to tithing. 

They range from “Please place your envelopes in the plate” to a 5-minute reflection on the Bible's teaching on tithe and offering.

Either way, it's hard to make the same message really appeal to the heart without believing your congregants to click off their minds and think: “We get it. You want our money."

But the truth is neither to lean into the same stale routine every Sunday, nor to make the giving appeal a second sermon. The truth is somewhere in the middle. People pay attention to things that are fresh. Fresh ideas. Fresh vegetables. Fresh giving appeals.

That's the magic middle-ground where, if you go there, your congregants will be willing to meet you. And that middle ground is a brief giving appeal (30-90 seconds) that recruits the same serious homiletical preparation as your sermon, but frames giving in some new way.

That means, if you make a giving appeal 50 Sundays a year for 20 years, that's 2000 fresh takes on giving! Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Just like you'll preach 2000 sermons with at least one fresh idea.

Reasons to Give Back to God

As you’ll want to emphasize to congregants, giving transcends mere obligation; it's a heartfelt expression of faith and an acknowledgment of God’s provision and blessings. 

Here are practical reasons to give back to God.

Giving is a Reflection of Priorities

When we choose to give back to God, it is a powerful indicator of our priorities. It's not just about the act of giving itself, but about what we are willing to forgo in order to give. This is perhaps the most powerful meaning behind Jesus’ statement: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21).

Giving is a Privilege

Giving is not just a duty but a privilege. This perspective transforms the act of giving from a burden to a joyous expression of faith. It's an opportunity to be a part of something greater than oneself, to contribute to the welfare of the community, and to participate in divine work. 

Giving is a Blessing

“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).

There are spiritual, emotional, and communal benefits that come with giving. Those who give generously often find themselves enriched with a deeper sense of purpose, connection, and well-being. 

When Are People Giving Tithes and Offerings?

People give tithes and offerings at different times–for example, some donors will tithe every two weeks, others will tithe each month, and others will tithe quarterly or annually. As for offerings, people typically give offerings during weekend services, but a time of offerings may also happen during a special event like a mid-week prayer meeting or conference.

Understand the Purpose in Giving Offerings

Offerings are above and beyond the tithe. A special offering may be collected for a specific need in the church, missions, or for a special organization. Don’t be afraid to exhort individuals to give sacrificially and generously.

Inspiring a spirit of gratitude and stewardship in financial matters isn’t always easy but it’s important for building a culture of generosity in your church. When you motivate believers to give out of love and obedience to God, you’ll see the fruit! 

One way to do this is to share testimonies and stories that illustrate the impact of giving; you can also discuss practical ways to manage finances and prioritize giving. But the most important way to do this is to teach on the Biblical significance of giving! Guide individuals in setting aside a portion of their income for tithes and offerings with scripture and Biblical principles. 

This includes illustrating the biblical examples of faithful giving and its impact, and demonstrating the connection between giving and the advancement of God's kingdom. But most of all, it calls for advocating for the importance of giving as a spiritual discipline.

Instead of talking about simple online giving for churches, church management software, or how to write a great sermon, here are 20 unique tithe and offering messages you can use for any scenario—Sunday service, pot lucks, and mid-week gatherings alike.

1. Give to Be Blessed

“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.” (Malachi 3:10)

Teach about the blessings and rewards associated with tithing and offering, and emphasize the biblical principles and teachings on giving: Giving is not just about sacrifice. It is God’s way of ritually introducing us into the flow of sowing and reaping that is the subcurrent of his creation. Participate in the harvest that God has for us by sowing your gift with him today.

2. Give From the Heart

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33-34)

Encourage faithful and cheerful giving: Where is your heart when you come to church? Is it in your family? Is it on your wealth? Is it on your limitations? I want to invite you today to sow an eternal legacy by giving to God from the treasures that you cannot take with you.

3. Why You Give

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Challenge individuals to trust God with their finances and prioritize giving: The first law of thermodynamics states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. There is a similar moral principle in the Bible about good and evil. What you put out into God’s creation will bring a return for good or evil. What you add to the wellbeing of life on earth, you receive back in fulfillment. What you take and scratch and steal will be taken, scratched, and stolen back.

God desires to multiply that good through us now while we’re on earth. That’s why he created the church. So I’d like to ask of you, today, to give because that’s why God created you — to enjoy him and to bring that joy to others.

4. What God Does With Your Gift

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

Remind your church of the power of a freely given offering: God knows the power of a gift. That’s why he didn’t institute a “church tax.” He wanted every gift to be given from one’s own will so that when the blessings come, we understand how God worked through our gift to prosper our wellbeing.

You have a moment of opportunity to be ushered into the presence of God by giving to him, as he so graciously has given to us. Will you enter into the presence of God with me by worshipping him through a gift?

5. What God Does In You When You Give

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Talk about the power of financial giving: In important ways, money is power. God has more power than anyone. He shares it with us freely so that we can experience this wild and interesting life with him. Part of that life is the life of the church. And to be in vital communion with God and in alignment with his mission, we care for our members and our community. I ask that you would give to that care now so that God’s power can flow through us to heal the broken in our church and community.

Free online giving tools for your church

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6. The Role of Giving in God’s Kingdom

“You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

Teach on the importance of stewardship: God gives us the blessing of being able to work, earn, save, spend, and accumulate wealth. We do this for our children. We do this for our community. We do this for ourselves. But we also do it to honor God as faithful stewards. And as stewards, we joyfully worship God each Sunday by giving back to him from what we have earned so that the church can do meaningful work for God’s kingdom in the world. Would you join me in worshipping God as faithful stewards through giving?

7. We Give Because We Get It

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Dive deep into "cheerful giving": Have you ever listened to someone that makes you think: “Wow. They get it!” Maybe it’s a podcaster who articulates your political views very well, or a book that explains you better than you could explain yourself. But we all know what it’s like to love finding someone else who gets it, whatever it is.

God loves everybody. But what he loves about a cheerful giver is that they get it. They get the connection between spiritual growth and generosity. They get that giving is itself a blessing to the giver. They get it. Not that those who aren’t in a position to give don’t get it. But there are far more of those who can and don’t, and those who think they can’t, but probably could.

To both of you, God says: “I love a cheerful giver!”

8. Lack of Generosity Causes Spiritual Stiffness

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” (Psalm 119:36)

Give a warning about spiritual hardness: It’s interesting how the Psalmist contrasts God’s testimonies with selfish gain. Note, too, that there is no contrast between gain and God’s testimonies—only selfish gain.

But what makes something selfish? For the Psalmist, it has to do with the heart, since he prays “Incline my heart … not to selfish gain!” The physical heart can do many things, but the spiritual heart does a few big things. One thing is to hold or release.

When you think of your money, does your heart hold or release? If it can release, it’s not selfish gain. If it can’t, it might be lingering beneath the surface.

One way God helps us fight against grasping so tightly onto our money that it gets in the way of God’s testimonies to us is to give to the church. God tells us to do it, and he knows it’s an ailment for hearts that are often inclined toward selfishness. Would you release your heart today and give to God as we incline our heart toward his testimonies?

9. Generosity Prevents Idolatry

“All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” (Proverbs 21:26)

Teach on generosity as a remedy for idolatry: Stress the importance of tithing and offering as acts of worship! Giving turns your heart away from idols and towards God: Speaking of the wicked man, the book of Proverbs tells us that his craving lasts “all day long.” It means when he goes to work, he “craves for more.” That’s natural. You want your endeavors to succeed.

Then he goes home, and he still “craves for more.” He sits down for dinner and “craves for more.” He gets into bed, wakes up, and “craves for more.” Then, he goes to church, and he still “craves for more.”

The righteous, by contrast, give without sparing. It’s a paradox, right? If you give without sparing, won’t you be the one who “craves for more”? Not in God’s world. To give a portion of our earnings to God keeps our hearts reminded of the God who not only calls us to give, but blesses us in return.

10. Giving is a Spiritual Gift

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)

Remind your church that giving is a gift: You all have many gifts. Some are called to give more, and some are called to give less. But when we are called to give, we are called to give generously.

Would you consider being the body of Christ with us by giving now, in our weekly opportunity to give back to god?

11. Give to God’s Kingdom

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

Give vision for advancing the Kingdom: Notice the connection the Apostle Paul makes between increasing your store of seed and enlarging the harvest of your righteousness. When we are equipped with enough resources to give generously, our capacity to produce a greater effect is increased.

Paul makes a holy assumption here that, as God supplies, the Corinthians by the time of his writing would use the blessings appropriately—that is, for righteous works, such as funding the mission and work of the church.

Join me in practicing the Apostle Paul’s generous assumption here today as we give to the Lord with what he has given us.

12. When We Give, We Become Like Christ

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Go back to Jesus: It is tempting to always look for the “return on investment” on your generosity. And that is worthwhile, because we must be excellent stewards of God’s money. But sometimes, generosity is more about what God is doing in us through giving than it is about knowing exactly how that gift will be used.

We are entering that moment right now in our service, when we are all challenged once again to believe the promise of Jesus; “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Will you join me in trusting this promise by giving to the church?

13. Create Margin in Your Life

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Teach on the power of margin: God doesn’t care if we have 2 pennies or 2 Billion dollars. When we give according to what we have, we please him with an offering from the heart. He works in us to create margin so that we are not always busting at our budget’s seams.

Today, I am inviting you to create margin in your life — no matter what you make — to make margin for God to work, for you to breathe, and for the church to thrive.

14. Be Uncomfortable for the Kingdom’s Legacy

“All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” (Exodus 35:22)

Talk about discomfort: When Israel first built the tabernacle under Moses, fresh out of Egypt, they all gave their most valuable objects so that Israel could extend the kingdom of God in a manner worthy of the Lord. I’m sure many of them felt the sting—”That was my wedding ring,” “That was my mother's brooch,” “I paid a fortune for that ring.”

And yet, it was all worth it — “All who were willing, men and women alike … all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” What a beautiful picture of luxurious generosity for the sake of honoring the majesty of God.

I would like us to give in that spirit today.

15. God Gets to You What He Can Get through You

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Remind your church of the deep connection between wealth and opportunity: Every dollar that passes through our hands is a transfer of power. And how we use that power is something that shapes us, for better or worse.

One of the ways God turns us into more generous, thankful, joyful people is by blessing us with money so that we can give it back to the kingdom and “result in thanksgiving to god.”

Will you join with me in becoming a thankful people by giving back to the kingdom?

16. The Church is Meant to Be a Financial Force for Good

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Remind your church of the blessing of generosity: The connection between what we do in this life, and how we are rewarded in the next, becomes very vague when you get into the details. What can we really expect from God? God loves this question and puts the metaphor in Scripture — he says, “Let’s pretend a tithe is a consumer transaction. Let’s say you’re paying me, whom you know, trust, and love, money to return the cost of that gift to you in a form of my choosing, because I know and love you.”

God promises to bless us when we give—that blessing may be spiritual enrichment, the joy of being used by God, or something more concrete. But the point is that what we give to God, we always get back. So join me in trusting God that whatever he gives us in return, it will be worth it.

17. Look at What God Has Done through Your Generosity

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)

Look back at the gift of giving: When we fail to cultivate generosity, it is easy to isolate ourselves from the natural give-and-take of human relationships, and so we experience no give or take.

Giving is a way of opening ourselves to opportunity. When we choose to be God’s opportunity of help and love for another person, we place ourselves in God’s design for giving and receiving from one another.

Would you step into this opportunity to be like the one who gives freely in Proverbs?

18. The Experience of Giving Changes Us

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Give vision for transformation: Paul wrote this after receiving a financial gift from the Philippian church. He says: “Because you made a financial sacrifice to the church as an expression of God’s generosity to you, both the ministry it produces and the satisfaction of being used by God will be all the sweeter.”

There’s something irreplaceable about giving. It does something in us — it makes us uncomfortable in a way that we need, but scarcely want. But we all want to be the kind of people that being generous makes us.

Would you make a financial sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom as an expression of your gratitude toward God’s generosity toward you in christ?

19. Give to Worship God

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Teach on giving as a discipline: The author of Hebrews speaks of giving as a discipline. Notice that he could have equated doing good with anything.

“Do not neglect to do good and to pray.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to study the Bible.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to volunteer at church.”

But he says something else — something at the heart of doing good: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Will you join me in making a sacrifice pleasing to God by sharing what you have with the kingdom today?

20. Grow God’s Legacy By Giving

“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.” (Leviticus 27:30)

Emphasize the significance of legacy: We often forget how rich God is. Asking you to give to the church doesn’t help God’s financial reputation. If everything belongs to him, why do we give a tithe back to him?

One reason is that we need to remember that God really does own everything. Even the national parks belong to him — “everything from the land … belongs to the Lord.”

Let us stand in awe of the holiness of God today as we practice recognition of his Lordship by giving a tithe back to him.

Benefits Of Giving Tithes And Offering

Tithes and offerings come with a myriad of benefits. Here are a few.

  1. Cultivating a Generous Spirit

Giving from your income helps you cultivate a more generous spirit in general–with your time, your home, and your compassion.

  1. Expressing Gratitude

It’s impossible to say “I don’t have enough” when you give! Giving helps you become grateful for what’s already yours.

  1. Experiencing Joy

Giving helps you experience joy! In fact, generosity has been linked to higher levels of “happy chemicals” in your brain.

  1. Developing Trust in God

To give, you need to trust that you will be provided for. In other words, you need to trust God!

  1. Supporting the Church and Community

In a practical way, giving helps you support the church and the community. Most of us know that running a church requires money for building payments, payroll, ministry expenses, and more. 

  1. Experiencing Spiritual Growth

Giving is an act of obedience. It will stretch you, but ultimately, you’ll experience more spiritual growth in Christ!

  1. Storing up Treasures in Heaven

The Bible says to “store up treasures in heaven” rather than on earth (Matt 6:19). In other words, giving has eternal significance that goes far beyond the momentary satisfaction of acquiring possessions. 

  1. Inviting God's Blessing

When you give, you invite God’s blessing in your life. 

Tithe and Offerings Motivational Quotes

  • “Tithing is a principle of sacrifice and a key to the opening of the windows of heaven.” — James E. Faust 
  • “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”  — Albert Einstein
  • “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” — John Wesley

Tithe and Offerings Songs for Church with Lyrics

“You're rich in love and You're slow to anger. Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come. Still my soul will sing Your praise unending. 10,000 years and then forevermore.” – 10,000 Reasons; Matt Redman

“This is amazing grace; this is unfailing love. That You would take my place, that You would bear my cross. You laid down Your life that I would be set free. Oh, Jesus, I sing for all that You've done for me.” – This is Amazing Grace; Chris Tomlin

These songs are wonderful for encouraging gratitude–and in turn, encouraging giving!

Over to you

Use these church offering scripts to strengthen the attention and responsiveness you can command through putting hard, refining work into your giving appeal each Sunday. They will not only help you effectively communicate what is tithes and offering, but it will also leave your congregants with encouragement about giving tithes and offerings (which, by the way, can be made even easier using a church management software that also offers an online giving tool).

In less than 15-minutes, a preacher who regularly gives a sermon on Sunday could reflect and create a fresh angle on the giving appeal in light of some new event, celebration, thought, or holiday that would create a trust in your congregants that you will reward attention given to the giving appeal with fresh and fulfilling insight.

For easy printing, you can click here to download our free Sermon on Giving Tithes and Offering PDF.

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Making a giving appeal every Sunday can feel a bit like preaching the same sermon every week. How do you communicate to your church what is tithes and offerings and the importance of it in a fresh and new way?

What Is Tithing?

Tithing involves giving a tenth of one's income or produce to God, as an act of worship and obedience. This concept is first mentioned in the Old Testament, particularly in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, where it is presented as a commandment to the Israelites. The tithe was meant to support the Levites, who served in the temple, and to help the poor and needy. 

In the New Testament, while tithing is not explicitly commanded, the principle of giving generously and sacrificially for the work of the church and the support of its ministers is emphasized. Jesus acknowledges tithing but places greater emphasis on the attitudes behind giving—encouraging giving that is done out of love for God and for others.

What's the Difference Between Tithes and Offerings?

Tithes are a specific portion of one’s income, traditionally one-tenth, given to the church. This practice finds its basis in Old Testament teachings and is viewed by many as a mandated act of faith, symbolizing obedience, gratitude, and acknowledgement of God's providence. 

On the other hand, offerings are voluntary contributions that go above and beyond the tithe. These are not constrained by a fixed percentage and are given freely, often in response to a particular need or as an expression of the giver's love and generosity. 

Why Should I Tithe?

Tithing is more than just giving away a part of your income; it's a meaningful practice that deeply connects with your faith and values and demonstrates obedience to God.

Tithing can also have a powerful impact on your walk with Jesus - by giving away a portion of your income, you’re putting your trust in God and stretching your faith. 

Finally, tithing can be a wonderful way to help support your church!

However, every church has a little bit of a different approach to tithing. 

They range from “Please place your envelopes in the plate” to a 5-minute reflection on the Bible's teaching on tithe and offering.

Either way, it's hard to make the same message really appeal to the heart without believing your congregants to click off their minds and think: “We get it. You want our money."

But the truth is neither to lean into the same stale routine every Sunday, nor to make the giving appeal a second sermon. The truth is somewhere in the middle. People pay attention to things that are fresh. Fresh ideas. Fresh vegetables. Fresh giving appeals.

That's the magic middle-ground where, if you go there, your congregants will be willing to meet you. And that middle ground is a brief giving appeal (30-90 seconds) that recruits the same serious homiletical preparation as your sermon, but frames giving in some new way.

That means, if you make a giving appeal 50 Sundays a year for 20 years, that's 2000 fresh takes on giving! Yes, that's exactly what I'm suggesting. Just like you'll preach 2000 sermons with at least one fresh idea.

Reasons to Give Back to God

As you’ll want to emphasize to congregants, giving transcends mere obligation; it's a heartfelt expression of faith and an acknowledgment of God’s provision and blessings. 

Here are practical reasons to give back to God.

Giving is a Reflection of Priorities

When we choose to give back to God, it is a powerful indicator of our priorities. It's not just about the act of giving itself, but about what we are willing to forgo in order to give. This is perhaps the most powerful meaning behind Jesus’ statement: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21).

Giving is a Privilege

Giving is not just a duty but a privilege. This perspective transforms the act of giving from a burden to a joyous expression of faith. It's an opportunity to be a part of something greater than oneself, to contribute to the welfare of the community, and to participate in divine work. 

Giving is a Blessing

“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).

There are spiritual, emotional, and communal benefits that come with giving. Those who give generously often find themselves enriched with a deeper sense of purpose, connection, and well-being. 

When Are People Giving Tithes and Offerings?

People give tithes and offerings at different times–for example, some donors will tithe every two weeks, others will tithe each month, and others will tithe quarterly or annually. As for offerings, people typically give offerings during weekend services, but a time of offerings may also happen during a special event like a mid-week prayer meeting or conference.

Understand the Purpose in Giving Offerings

Offerings are above and beyond the tithe. A special offering may be collected for a specific need in the church, missions, or for a special organization. Don’t be afraid to exhort individuals to give sacrificially and generously.

Inspiring a spirit of gratitude and stewardship in financial matters isn’t always easy but it’s important for building a culture of generosity in your church. When you motivate believers to give out of love and obedience to God, you’ll see the fruit! 

One way to do this is to share testimonies and stories that illustrate the impact of giving; you can also discuss practical ways to manage finances and prioritize giving. But the most important way to do this is to teach on the Biblical significance of giving! Guide individuals in setting aside a portion of their income for tithes and offerings with scripture and Biblical principles. 

This includes illustrating the biblical examples of faithful giving and its impact, and demonstrating the connection between giving and the advancement of God's kingdom. But most of all, it calls for advocating for the importance of giving as a spiritual discipline.

Instead of talking about simple online giving for churches, church management software, or how to write a great sermon, here are 20 unique tithe and offering messages you can use for any scenario—Sunday service, pot lucks, and mid-week gatherings alike.

1. Give to Be Blessed

“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.” (Malachi 3:10)

Teach about the blessings and rewards associated with tithing and offering, and emphasize the biblical principles and teachings on giving: Giving is not just about sacrifice. It is God’s way of ritually introducing us into the flow of sowing and reaping that is the subcurrent of his creation. Participate in the harvest that God has for us by sowing your gift with him today.

2. Give From the Heart

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33-34)

Encourage faithful and cheerful giving: Where is your heart when you come to church? Is it in your family? Is it on your wealth? Is it on your limitations? I want to invite you today to sow an eternal legacy by giving to God from the treasures that you cannot take with you.

3. Why You Give

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Challenge individuals to trust God with their finances and prioritize giving: The first law of thermodynamics states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. There is a similar moral principle in the Bible about good and evil. What you put out into God’s creation will bring a return for good or evil. What you add to the wellbeing of life on earth, you receive back in fulfillment. What you take and scratch and steal will be taken, scratched, and stolen back.

God desires to multiply that good through us now while we’re on earth. That’s why he created the church. So I’d like to ask of you, today, to give because that’s why God created you — to enjoy him and to bring that joy to others.

4. What God Does With Your Gift

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

Remind your church of the power of a freely given offering: God knows the power of a gift. That’s why he didn’t institute a “church tax.” He wanted every gift to be given from one’s own will so that when the blessings come, we understand how God worked through our gift to prosper our wellbeing.

You have a moment of opportunity to be ushered into the presence of God by giving to him, as he so graciously has given to us. Will you enter into the presence of God with me by worshipping him through a gift?

5. What God Does In You When You Give

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Talk about the power of financial giving: In important ways, money is power. God has more power than anyone. He shares it with us freely so that we can experience this wild and interesting life with him. Part of that life is the life of the church. And to be in vital communion with God and in alignment with his mission, we care for our members and our community. I ask that you would give to that care now so that God’s power can flow through us to heal the broken in our church and community.

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6. The Role of Giving in God’s Kingdom

“You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

Teach on the importance of stewardship: God gives us the blessing of being able to work, earn, save, spend, and accumulate wealth. We do this for our children. We do this for our community. We do this for ourselves. But we also do it to honor God as faithful stewards. And as stewards, we joyfully worship God each Sunday by giving back to him from what we have earned so that the church can do meaningful work for God’s kingdom in the world. Would you join me in worshipping God as faithful stewards through giving?

7. We Give Because We Get It

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Dive deep into "cheerful giving": Have you ever listened to someone that makes you think: “Wow. They get it!” Maybe it’s a podcaster who articulates your political views very well, or a book that explains you better than you could explain yourself. But we all know what it’s like to love finding someone else who gets it, whatever it is.

God loves everybody. But what he loves about a cheerful giver is that they get it. They get the connection between spiritual growth and generosity. They get that giving is itself a blessing to the giver. They get it. Not that those who aren’t in a position to give don’t get it. But there are far more of those who can and don’t, and those who think they can’t, but probably could.

To both of you, God says: “I love a cheerful giver!”

8. Lack of Generosity Causes Spiritual Stiffness

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” (Psalm 119:36)

Give a warning about spiritual hardness: It’s interesting how the Psalmist contrasts God’s testimonies with selfish gain. Note, too, that there is no contrast between gain and God’s testimonies—only selfish gain.

But what makes something selfish? For the Psalmist, it has to do with the heart, since he prays “Incline my heart … not to selfish gain!” The physical heart can do many things, but the spiritual heart does a few big things. One thing is to hold or release.

When you think of your money, does your heart hold or release? If it can release, it’s not selfish gain. If it can’t, it might be lingering beneath the surface.

One way God helps us fight against grasping so tightly onto our money that it gets in the way of God’s testimonies to us is to give to the church. God tells us to do it, and he knows it’s an ailment for hearts that are often inclined toward selfishness. Would you release your heart today and give to God as we incline our heart toward his testimonies?

9. Generosity Prevents Idolatry

“All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” (Proverbs 21:26)

Teach on generosity as a remedy for idolatry: Stress the importance of tithing and offering as acts of worship! Giving turns your heart away from idols and towards God: Speaking of the wicked man, the book of Proverbs tells us that his craving lasts “all day long.” It means when he goes to work, he “craves for more.” That’s natural. You want your endeavors to succeed.

Then he goes home, and he still “craves for more.” He sits down for dinner and “craves for more.” He gets into bed, wakes up, and “craves for more.” Then, he goes to church, and he still “craves for more.”

The righteous, by contrast, give without sparing. It’s a paradox, right? If you give without sparing, won’t you be the one who “craves for more”? Not in God’s world. To give a portion of our earnings to God keeps our hearts reminded of the God who not only calls us to give, but blesses us in return.

10. Giving is a Spiritual Gift

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8)

Remind your church that giving is a gift: You all have many gifts. Some are called to give more, and some are called to give less. But when we are called to give, we are called to give generously.

Would you consider being the body of Christ with us by giving now, in our weekly opportunity to give back to god?

11. Give to God’s Kingdom

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)

Give vision for advancing the Kingdom: Notice the connection the Apostle Paul makes between increasing your store of seed and enlarging the harvest of your righteousness. When we are equipped with enough resources to give generously, our capacity to produce a greater effect is increased.

Paul makes a holy assumption here that, as God supplies, the Corinthians by the time of his writing would use the blessings appropriately—that is, for righteous works, such as funding the mission and work of the church.

Join me in practicing the Apostle Paul’s generous assumption here today as we give to the Lord with what he has given us.

12. When We Give, We Become Like Christ

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

Go back to Jesus: It is tempting to always look for the “return on investment” on your generosity. And that is worthwhile, because we must be excellent stewards of God’s money. But sometimes, generosity is more about what God is doing in us through giving than it is about knowing exactly how that gift will be used.

We are entering that moment right now in our service, when we are all challenged once again to believe the promise of Jesus; “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Will you join me in trusting this promise by giving to the church?

13. Create Margin in Your Life

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Teach on the power of margin: God doesn’t care if we have 2 pennies or 2 Billion dollars. When we give according to what we have, we please him with an offering from the heart. He works in us to create margin so that we are not always busting at our budget’s seams.

Today, I am inviting you to create margin in your life — no matter what you make — to make margin for God to work, for you to breathe, and for the church to thrive.

14. Be Uncomfortable for the Kingdom’s Legacy

“All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” (Exodus 35:22)

Talk about discomfort: When Israel first built the tabernacle under Moses, fresh out of Egypt, they all gave their most valuable objects so that Israel could extend the kingdom of God in a manner worthy of the Lord. I’m sure many of them felt the sting—”That was my wedding ring,” “That was my mother's brooch,” “I paid a fortune for that ring.”

And yet, it was all worth it — “All who were willing, men and women alike … all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord.” What a beautiful picture of luxurious generosity for the sake of honoring the majesty of God.

I would like us to give in that spirit today.

15. God Gets to You What He Can Get through You

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Remind your church of the deep connection between wealth and opportunity: Every dollar that passes through our hands is a transfer of power. And how we use that power is something that shapes us, for better or worse.

One of the ways God turns us into more generous, thankful, joyful people is by blessing us with money so that we can give it back to the kingdom and “result in thanksgiving to god.”

Will you join with me in becoming a thankful people by giving back to the kingdom?

16. The Church is Meant to Be a Financial Force for Good

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Remind your church of the blessing of generosity: The connection between what we do in this life, and how we are rewarded in the next, becomes very vague when you get into the details. What can we really expect from God? God loves this question and puts the metaphor in Scripture — he says, “Let’s pretend a tithe is a consumer transaction. Let’s say you’re paying me, whom you know, trust, and love, money to return the cost of that gift to you in a form of my choosing, because I know and love you.”

God promises to bless us when we give—that blessing may be spiritual enrichment, the joy of being used by God, or something more concrete. But the point is that what we give to God, we always get back. So join me in trusting God that whatever he gives us in return, it will be worth it.

17. Look at What God Has Done through Your Generosity

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:24-25)

Look back at the gift of giving: When we fail to cultivate generosity, it is easy to isolate ourselves from the natural give-and-take of human relationships, and so we experience no give or take.

Giving is a way of opening ourselves to opportunity. When we choose to be God’s opportunity of help and love for another person, we place ourselves in God’s design for giving and receiving from one another.

Would you step into this opportunity to be like the one who gives freely in Proverbs?

18. The Experience of Giving Changes Us

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Give vision for transformation: Paul wrote this after receiving a financial gift from the Philippian church. He says: “Because you made a financial sacrifice to the church as an expression of God’s generosity to you, both the ministry it produces and the satisfaction of being used by God will be all the sweeter.”

There’s something irreplaceable about giving. It does something in us — it makes us uncomfortable in a way that we need, but scarcely want. But we all want to be the kind of people that being generous makes us.

Would you make a financial sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom as an expression of your gratitude toward God’s generosity toward you in christ?

19. Give to Worship God

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

Teach on giving as a discipline: The author of Hebrews speaks of giving as a discipline. Notice that he could have equated doing good with anything.

“Do not neglect to do good and to pray.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to study the Bible.”

“Do not neglect to do good and to volunteer at church.”

But he says something else — something at the heart of doing good: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Will you join me in making a sacrifice pleasing to God by sharing what you have with the kingdom today?

20. Grow God’s Legacy By Giving

“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.” (Leviticus 27:30)

Emphasize the significance of legacy: We often forget how rich God is. Asking you to give to the church doesn’t help God’s financial reputation. If everything belongs to him, why do we give a tithe back to him?

One reason is that we need to remember that God really does own everything. Even the national parks belong to him — “everything from the land … belongs to the Lord.”

Let us stand in awe of the holiness of God today as we practice recognition of his Lordship by giving a tithe back to him.

Benefits Of Giving Tithes And Offering

Tithes and offerings come with a myriad of benefits. Here are a few.

  1. Cultivating a Generous Spirit

Giving from your income helps you cultivate a more generous spirit in general–with your time, your home, and your compassion.

  1. Expressing Gratitude

It’s impossible to say “I don’t have enough” when you give! Giving helps you become grateful for what’s already yours.

  1. Experiencing Joy

Giving helps you experience joy! In fact, generosity has been linked to higher levels of “happy chemicals” in your brain.

  1. Developing Trust in God

To give, you need to trust that you will be provided for. In other words, you need to trust God!

  1. Supporting the Church and Community

In a practical way, giving helps you support the church and the community. Most of us know that running a church requires money for building payments, payroll, ministry expenses, and more. 

  1. Experiencing Spiritual Growth

Giving is an act of obedience. It will stretch you, but ultimately, you’ll experience more spiritual growth in Christ!

  1. Storing up Treasures in Heaven

The Bible says to “store up treasures in heaven” rather than on earth (Matt 6:19). In other words, giving has eternal significance that goes far beyond the momentary satisfaction of acquiring possessions. 

  1. Inviting God's Blessing

When you give, you invite God’s blessing in your life. 

Tithe and Offerings Motivational Quotes

  • “Tithing is a principle of sacrifice and a key to the opening of the windows of heaven.” — James E. Faust 
  • “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”  — Albert Einstein
  • “Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” — John Wesley

Tithe and Offerings Songs for Church with Lyrics

“You're rich in love and You're slow to anger. Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing. 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come. Still my soul will sing Your praise unending. 10,000 years and then forevermore.” – 10,000 Reasons; Matt Redman

“This is amazing grace; this is unfailing love. That You would take my place, that You would bear my cross. You laid down Your life that I would be set free. Oh, Jesus, I sing for all that You've done for me.” – This is Amazing Grace; Chris Tomlin

These songs are wonderful for encouraging gratitude–and in turn, encouraging giving!

Over to you

Use these church offering scripts to strengthen the attention and responsiveness you can command through putting hard, refining work into your giving appeal each Sunday. They will not only help you effectively communicate what is tithes and offering, but it will also leave your congregants with encouragement about giving tithes and offerings (which, by the way, can be made even easier using a church management software that also offers an online giving tool).

In less than 15-minutes, a preacher who regularly gives a sermon on Sunday could reflect and create a fresh angle on the giving appeal in light of some new event, celebration, thought, or holiday that would create a trust in your congregants that you will reward attention given to the giving appeal with fresh and fulfilling insight.

For easy printing, you can click here to download our free Sermon on Giving Tithes and Offering PDF.

P.S. Did you hear that Tithely created all-in-one sermon writing tool dedicated to pastors who love to preach? Write, research, plan, and share your sermons – with Sermonly. Check it out here.

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For more resources, download Church Offering Talks: 52 Prompts for Every Occasion.

AUTHOR

Paul Maxwell, Ph.D., is the Content Strategist at Tithe.ly. Find him at paulmaxwell.co.

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Generosity
Publish date
September 14, 2020
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Paul Maxwell
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