RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 21/12/2014

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.

OUTLINES:

1. TITHES
2. OFFERINGS
3. THE BLESSINGS OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS

TITHES

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.

OFFERINGS

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

QUESTIONS

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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One thought on “RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 21/12/2014

  1. I found it difficult to reconcile this piece to the bible as it definitely doesn’t enjoy scriptural support at all. No portion of the bible ever makes tithing mandatory for the New Testament church.
    Abraham’s tithe is completely different to the tithe command in the law; Abraham’s was voluntary and he was not better off by paying it neither would he have been worse off if he hadn’t. Jacob’s was a vow and we see no scriptural evidence that he ever paid it.

    The book of Malachi on the other hand was directed at the children of Israel and not the church. This command came after Jerusalem was rebuilt by Nehemiah. The children of Israel were becoming slack in their obedience of God’s law just as they were before they were exiled to Babylon. The command to tithe was not the only thing they disobeyed, the broke the Sabbath, divorced their Jewish wives in favour of younger heathen ones amongst other things.

    The bible is very clear on what the tithe is; it is the tenth part of crops and livestock form the land of Israel alone. Money was never something that could be tithed and three kinds of tithe were commanded by the law; the first tithe, second tithe and the poor tithe. They were given periodically every 6 years over a 7 year cycle. No tithes were to be given on the 7th year as that was the year of Sabbath. Time will not allow me go into detail.

    Some assume the children of Israel operated a barter society hence the tithe of crops and livestock; this is untrue. Money was widely available even before this time. When the command to tithe was given, the children of Israel were allowed to buy back their tithe (wouldn’t have made sense if money could be tithed). Those who lived far away from the venue of the tithing banquet were allowed to convert their tithe into money to spend at the venue. Again this would have been completely ridiculous if money could be tithed. Males over the age of 20 were also commanded to pay a certain amount of money as ransom for themselves. All of these trump the notion that money wasn’t available.

    When it comes to giving in the New Testament no tithe or 10% is mandated, instead we are encouraged to give as we are able and anything given will be accepted as long as it has been given willingly and cheerfully.

    God bless.

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