Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tithe Sermon pt. 4

8. Don't we have reasons which are overwhelming to be grateful to God!? What good thing do you have that didn't come from God? How are we to show our love and gratitude to God? Obedience, a broken and contrite spirit. "If you love me you'll keep my commandments."

a. Now let me ask you this-God's kingdom work on earth-the spread of the gospel and the work of the church and its prescribed ministries to the world-How is it to be paid for? By supernatural means or natural means?

The answer is that God gives grateful believers the privilege and the responsibility to finance His work from the resources He has given them, by responding to the tithe command.

b. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:18, "And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day."
He gives you wealth to establish His covenant.

c. As we know from the Scriptures and the parables of Christ, we hold all our earthly wealth as stewards for Christ.

1. We are sojourners and pilgrims, citizens of heaven, not piling up treasures on earth.

2. The tithe is tribute money demonstrating tangibly that God is the full possessor of all, and
that you are the grateful steward of the 90% He has given you.

3. Douglas Wilson said: How much better it is to be the blessed steward of 90% than the
cursed and deluded owner of 100%.
The steward receives his living in the Lord's service, but he manages the Lord's property
to be returned with increase to the Lord. (See the parable of the talents.)

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