RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
LESSON SIXTEEN, Sunday, 21st December 2014
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
MEMORY VERSE: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” Malachi 3:8
BIBLE PASSAGES: Malachi 3:6-12, Exodus 35:4-10, 20-21
INTRODUCTION: Regular payment of tithes and offerings is obligatory because God commanded it. Tithes and offerings are God’s provisions to bless His people. Obedience to this has brought financial blessings to many believers who practice them and disobedience has continued to rob others of fulfilment of divine promises.
3. THE BLESSINGS OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Paying of tithes has been in practice long before the dispensation of the law – Genesis 14:18-20. Abraham paid tithes and as Abraham’s seed we are expected to walk in his faith and steps – John 8:39; Gal. 3:26-29; Romans 4:12. Jacob vowed to give God his tithes – Genesis 28:16-22. Israel was commanded by God to pay their tithes -Lev.27: 30-32; Num.18:21-24. During the dispensation of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ encouraged the payment of tithes. He rebuked the Pharisees for sin of omission, the neglect of other things equally important to God and not that He condemned paying of tithes. He compared paying of tithes with mercy, faith and love of God -Matthew23:23, Luke 18:12.
A tithe is one tenth of your income given to God through the local church. It must be paid on every income e.g. salary, wages, profit from business transactions, gifts etc. Refusal by children of God to pay tithes and give offerings regularly and faithfully amount to robbing God, which attracts divine displeasure and curse – Malachi 3:9.
Some of the reasons some do not pay their tithes and offerings include covetousness (the love of money), rebellion (the spirit that despises authority), unbelief and doubt. – Timothy 6:10, 1SamueI 15:23, Hebrews 11:6. The “storehouse” is where you receive spiritual food and nourishment for yourself and others as well. Tithes are for the support of the ministers of the gospel, for them to continue in God’s work – 1Corinthians 9:13-14.
God said you have robbed me, not only in tithes but also in offerings- Malachi 3:8. Offerings are what we give to God (out of our incomes) through His church for the progress of His work – Exodus 35:4-10,20-21. It is given out of what is left after the payment ottithes.
Giving of offerings, is not new. In the Old Testament, God recognized the following offerings from His people (i) Offerings to build His tabernacle. Exodus25:1-9 (ii) Freewill offerings, Deut.23;23. (iii) Burnt Offerings (iv) Meal Offerinqs (v) Drink Offerings (vi) Peace Offerings, Numbers 29:39. (vii) Sin Offerings, Numbers 6:11. (viii) Thank Offerings, Psalm 116:17etc. But today, believers in Christ are required to give (i) freewill offerings (ii) regular church offerings (iii) special church projects offerings (iv)Thanksgiving offerings (v) welfare offering (vi) offerings for missions work.
Offerings that will be acceptable to God should be done regularly, (i) 1Corinthians 16:2 (H) cheerfully, 2Corinthians 9:7, (iii) willingly 2Corinthians 8:12 (iv) bountifully, 2Corinthians 9:6 and sacrificially, 2Corinthians 8:3-4.
THE BLESSINGS OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
It is more blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35. When Christians obey, there will be food in the house of God – Malachi 3:10. God will also rebuke the devourer for their sakes – Malachi 3:11. There shall be showers of blessings – Malachi 3:10 and the nations around shall call them blessed – Malachi 3:12. Above all, there is a greater reward in Heaven – Matthew6:19-21, Luke 16:9-12.
Payment of tithes and offerings is a duty for all born again children of God. Obedience does not only nourish the body of Christ but it is also a means of extending the kingdom of God on earth. Get involved now.
1. Is paying tithes an Old Testament principle and practice alone? Discuss.
2. What is your understanding of Matthew 23:23?
3. How do we give an offering that will be acceptable to God?
4. What are the blessings of paying tithes?
BLESSED WEEK WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
MONDAY: Proverbs 3:9 – What you think is yours actually belongs to God.
TUESDAY: Luke 11:42 – Do not get mixed up with or confused by false teachers. Pay your tithes and give offerings.
WEDNESDAY: Romans 16:3-4 – There is no self-sacrifice too great for the Lord’s sake
THURSDAY: Deuteronomy 12:5-6 – Failure to pay tithes and offerings is gross disobedience to God’s command.
FRIDAY: Matthew 6:19-21-Your heavenly account will be full of treasures if you will load it now with things of heavenly value.
SATURDAY: Luke 12:33-34 – Give because it has a heavenly impact.
SUNDAY: Luke 6:38 – We are serving a faithful God, who will not only reward diligence but also simple obedience to His command.
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