Is money a blessing (something good) or a curse (something bad)? That's what our topic will be this Friday night!
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How do you spend your money? Are you good at saving, or do you think is money to be enjoyed when you have it? Are there certain things that we are supposed to do with our money? How much of it really belongs to us?
In God we Trust?
1. According to the Bible, what portion of our income belongs to the Lord?
2. What is the "tithe"?
3. Where does the Lord ask His people to bring the tithe?
4. To what does the Lord refer when He speaks of His storehouse?
5. Some have thought that tithing was part of Moses' system of rites and ceremonies that ended at the cross. How does the Bible help us understand that this is not so?
6. But didn't Jesus abolish the plan of tithing?
7. For what was tithe used in Old Testament days?
8. Did God change His plan for tithe usage in New Testament days?
10. When we tithe, who really receives our money?
11. What test did Adam and Eve fail, which all of us must pass if we would inherit His heavenly kingdom?
12. In addition to the tithe, which belongs to God, what else does God ask of His people?
13. How much shall I give to God as offerings?
14. What additional Bible principles does God share with us regarding giving?
15. What does the Lord own?
16. How does the Lord refer to people who do not return His 10 percent and give offerings?
17. What does God say will happen to those who knowingly continue to rob Him in tithes and offerings?
18. God warns us against covetousness. Why is it so extremely dangerous?
19. How does Jesus feel when we rob Him of His sacred tithe and love offerings?
20. What thrilling points does Paul stress about the stewardship of the believers in Macedonia?
21. What does God promise to do for those who are faithful in returning tithes and giving offerings?
22. Are you willing to begin tithing your income and giving offerings to demonstrate your love and thankfulness?
1. I don't tithe because I don't like the way my church is using God's money.
Tithing is a command of God. Tithe is holy money that belongs to the Lord (Leviticus 27:30). When you tithe, you tithe to Him. God is big enough to take care of the money you give for His church. Your responsibility is to tithe. Leave it to God to deal with those who misuse His funds.
2. I am frustrated because financial difficulties have made it impossible for me to give more than a very small amount beyond my tithe. With gospel needs so great, I feel guilty.
The size of your gift is not important if you are doing the best you can. Jesus said that the poor widow of Mark 12:41-44, who gave only a pittance (two mites), gave more "than all they which have cast into the treasury" because the others gave "of their abundance; but she ... did cast in all that she had." The Lord measures our gifts by the amount of sacrifice we make and by the attitude or spirit with which we give. Jesus counts your gift very big. Give it with joy and know that Jesus is pleased. Read 2 Corinthians 8:12 for encouragement.
3. Doesn't stewardship involve more than the proper handling of my money?
Yes, stewardship involves the proper handling of every talent and blessing that I receive from God, who gives me everything (Acts 17:24, 25). In fact, it involves my very life! Faithful stewardship of God's gifts to me also includes my time spent:
A. Doing the work that God has assigned me (Mark 13:34).
B. Actively witnessing for Christ (Acts 1:8).
C. Studying the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15).
D. Praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
E. Helping those in need (Matthew 25:31-46).
F. Daily surrendering my life anew to Jesus (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 15:31).
4. Don't you feel that some preachers are paid too much money?
Yes, without doubt. The seemingly arrogant flaunting of riches by some clergymen today is reducing the influence of all ministers. It brings reproach upon the name of Jesus. It causes hundreds of thousands to turn away in disgust from the church and its ministry. Such leaders will face an awful day of reckoning in the judgment.
Ministers of God's End-Time Remnant Church
However, no minister in God's end-time, remnant church is overpaid. After internship, all ministers receive virtually the same salary (varying only a few dollars monthly) regardless of their job title or the size of their church. In many cases, spouses work in the public marketplace to supplement the pastors' incomes.
5. What if I cannot afford to pay tithe?
God says if we put Him first, He will see to it that our needs are all met (Matthew 6:33). His mathematics often work just opposite to human conception. Under His plan, what we have left after tithing will go further than all of it would without His blessing. Actually, we cannot afford not to tithe!
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