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How to encourage the congregation to give tithes and offering

Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality' started by JaneEnjoy, Aug 21, 2019.

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  1. JaneEnjoy

    JaneEnjoy New Member

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    Hi, can you help me to prepare what I need to say in church in encouraging people to give?

    Like a form of “encouragement message”

    Thank you and Godbless
     
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  2. SkyWriting

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    Typically 1/3 of all income is spent on non-essentials. So 30%.
    Giving 10% helps give a thought and priority to God.
    Another 10% can go to discretionary charity here and there that you love.
    If we save 5% and prioritize the other 5% we can improve
    our satisfaction spending, priority charity spend, cheerful tithe
    and gain 5% in savings.

    So Tithing can save 5% money and help you celebrate charity spending.

    For satisfaction spending, you prioritize what splurges you love
    and slash what you spend that does not give you joy anyway.
     
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  3. devin553344

    devin553344 Enlighten our lives dear Lord

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    I always speak from the Holy Spirit and present scripture. If you look around here, it's a good start: Matthew 25:36-40

    36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

    And maybe your church provides these duties?
     
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  4. A_Thinker

    A_Thinker Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Incorporate the recognition that ALL we have comes from God ... and the tithe is a way of remembering that ... and being grateful for He does for us.
     
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  5. Jonaitis

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    We do not have business meetings, but we are open with our books during the service when we occasionally talk about supporting missionaries. We give most of our tithes and offerings to a host of missionaries that we personally know and talk to regularly via email/social network. The rest is used for sack lunches we provide for the homeless and in support of our elders (which one is bi-vocational). We don't have our own building, we meet in a hotel conference room (which prior was in the home of a former member before his family moved to another state). We have a pretty good deal for using it once a week annually (like $200 I think).

    We are content with what we have so that we can give more to missionaries. My leading elder left tending another congregation to start a new church plant that was closer to his convictions. Of course, our plant was created out of people in town who were formerly part of another church that split over the issue of Calvinism, booting the former pastor that once preached there who believe in them. They got together and became a plant like fourteen years ago. We do not have to worry about new carpet, utilities, or all those other necessities that churches in building have. We just pay rent and use the rest of the offerings for ministry.

    We also don't "pass around a plat," like Southern Baptist Churches do. We have a bin off to the side that we leave.
     
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  6. Greengardener

    Greengardener for love is of God Supporter

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    Teaching what the Bible says about tithing is a good idea. One scripture that spoke to me was in Malachi: Would a man rob God? Encourage people to consider this: We can't rob if we are keeping what is rightfully ours. Realizing that made me think again about what I have and Who gave it.

    Another idea that spoke to me was how the churches that helped in the last several disasters (Katrina, for instance) funded their efforts if it weren't that ahead of time the churches had collected tithes and offerings. If the church is doing that, it looks to me like it qualifies as a "storehouse" of sorts. So another idea that speaks is that if you want ME (generic person out in the audience) to give what I know to be GOD's money to YOUR cause/your church you would need present accurate and dependable information on what you are doing with the funds to prove that I can align with those purposes.

    It will be an effort to help people overcome self-centeredness. I'm not sure how many of us know we are each accountable for what we do with what God has entrusted to us. I'm seriously not willing to blindly through out God's money "just because," although some people will try to make a case that the tithe should go to the local church "just because." We have no temple, and even before there was one, it seems the way I read it that each person was to decide for themselves how to respond to God's instructions. Abraham tithed to a priest who showed up in Genesis at least once. Jacob promised a tithe to God, but to our knowledge he had no priest/temple to give it to. Somehow, long before the Law or before the verses in Malachi, people could know what was right. Later God built it into the community system that He set up which included a group of serving people (Levites) who depended on the tithe in order for the system to work and had access to share some of the stored help to the poor.

    Hope those rambling thoughts are helpful to you!
     
  7. BrotherJJ

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    The tithe (under the Mosaic law) wasn't money according to Leviticus 27:30; it being the fruit of the tree, seed of the ground and the 10th animal to pass under the rod. Other passages such as Malachi 3:10 "that there might be food in my house ," also confirm that the tithe was fruit, seed & animals, not money.

    People paid three tithes of a tenth each, not one. The Levitical tithe (Numbers 18:19-20), the festival tithe (Deuteronomy 14:22-17), and the poor tithe, every 3rd year (Deuteronomy 14:28-29). So if your religion regard's itself as being under the Biblical command to pay tithes, then preach three tithes not simply one!

    No one paid a tithe on money. The tithe was a tax on only agricultural produce. Example: A fisherman paid nothing on his catch, tradesmen, cobblers, potters, the women, who made the soldiers garments, the servants who worked in the fields for wages, were not required to pay tithe.

    The tithe was exclusively a tax on of the land owners produce in Israel, so if you didn't live in the Promised land (Israel), then you were not required to pay tithe. Numbers 18:21 clearly states; “all the tithes in Israel.” Also tithes were only paid on people’s increase (Deuteronomy 14:22), on their agricultural products (Leviticus 27:30), within the land of Israel

    The first of these tithes, the Levitical tithe, was payable only to the Levite tribe of Israel, (Nehemiah 10:37), nobody else was permitted to collect it, and this tithe had to be paid to the tribe of Levi within one of 48 designated Levite cities within Israel (Numbers 35:7).

    Every 7th (Sabbath) year (Exodus 23:10-11), and 50th (Jubilee) year (Leviticus 25:10-11), the entire nation of tithers, within the nation of Israel were completely excluded from paying tithes for those entire years.

    So if you are not tithing EXACTLY just like this, as in the above six points, then what you are calling tithing, isn't biblical tithing. It's man-made teaching, promoted today by money-grubbing religious extortioners.

    1 Corinthians 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, """or extortioners""", or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

    1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, """"nor extortioners"""", shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    (NOTE: Religions that require tithe are extortioners, """RUN"""!)

    I challenge anyone reading this post. To show me ""JUST ONE"" New Testament scripture requiring believers to tithe.

    Facts on Abraham tithing in Hebrews:

    ABRAM
    Genesis 14: Abram gives 10% (vs 20) of the best of the war spoils he'd taken. To the Priest & King of Salem, Melchizedek.

    Abram gives the best 10% of the war spoils to Melchizedek. And the remaining 90% to Sodom & Gomorrah (vs 24). Abram kept NOTHING for himself!

    Abram NEVER PAID 10% of his personal items (EVER!): No cattle, no oil or wine, no corn or wheat & NO MONEY! Only booty from the Kings he conquered while retrieving his kidnapped nephew Lot.

    Does our local Church & global ministries need our financial support? Of course, yes, ABSOLUTELY!

    Acts 20:35 (C) Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
    (NOTE: I see here a blessing promise from the Lord for freewill giving)

    1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
    (NOTE: Bring WEEKLY your best freewill gift)

    2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
    (NOTE: Give a little, receive a little, give a lot, receive a lot)

    7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, ""or of necessity"": for God loveth a cheerful giver.
    (NOTE: A tithe was given out of the laws necessity. A worthless gift from todays believer. A freewill gift from the heart is loved and rewarded by our Lord)

    When it comes to giving. New covenant Christians are taught to give generously, sacrificial & expectant of a blessing in return. And most certainly be CHEERFULL FREEWILL GIVER'S!

    We should all prayerfully examine our giving patterns. Pray earnestly that the Holy Spirit would challenge us. To see whether they are in line with God's New Testament plan of being a Generous, Sacrificial, Cheerful Giver!
     
  8. com7fy8

    com7fy8 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Pray and trust God to guide you.

    Most of all, God wants us.

    "And not only as we had hoped; but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God." (2 Corinthians 8:5)
     
  9. RaymondG

    RaymondG Well-Known Member

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    The more you give, the more you will receive.... Try Him and see....if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing that you will not have room enough to receive..... The cheerful giver will be blessed.
     
  10. Nithavela

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    You make it sound like not tithing can save 30% instead of 5%.
     
  11. ViaCrucis

    ViaCrucis Evangelical Catholic of the Augsburg Confession

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    Are there people in the community who are struggling to which this money is going to go?

    The reason why the Church has historically done collections is to both provide for the needs of the community as well as for outreach--helping the needy in our midst.

    Nobody should feel obligated to give or feel shamed if they can't.

    It's not about giving money by compulsion, but rather is about Christians called to loving service and generosity. And there are more ways that this can be done beside putting cash in a collections plate. Offering time and other resources, donating food and clothing, etc.

    The point isn't "give more money" but rather how we can invest our time, energy, and resources into loving and serving our neighbor.

    -CryptoLutheran
     
  12. LaBèlla

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    My aunt attended a church with “encouragement messages” that were recited each week before collections were taken. She didn’t feel good about it and likened it to guilt of some sort. And she has the gift of giving.
     
  13. SkyWriting

    SkyWriting The Librarian Supporter

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    So save 30% and tithe 10% of that. I don't mind.
    The point being that a McDonalds #5 meal can provide
    3 or 4 meals that you can enjoy more, if you plan to enjoy
    them with family and friends.
    Or you can just get more french fries in the cracks
    of your car seats...and the money is gone and you are fatter
    with greasy finger prints on your steering wheel. oh joy
     
  14. Nithavela

    Nithavela confused

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    I think I'll just keep everything for myself, thank you.
     
  15. SkyWriting

    SkyWriting The Librarian Supporter

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    And everyone will love you for that.
     
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  16. Brian Mcnamee

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    hi the tithe is a subject that should not be the entirety of the sermon. When you receive the offering you can give a 2 minute lesson and pray for the offering each week. If the scriptures you come across as you study happen to deal with it in the text you can elaborate some more. People are put off now by everyone always after their money. You have word of faith preachers who make that about 75% of what they talk about and the use flattering words and have a covetous heart. Make sure on your end you put yourselves in their shoes and pray that God would shut down things His hand is not in that you may be involved in and ask Him to lead and guide the efforts of the church. Our church has had a few work parties before church where some big projects the manual labor was done by volunteers and saved the church a lot of money from spending to have someone else do it. You can try to get the people more involved and give them opportunities to serve and they will be more invested in the church when you do more than just go once a week. We are heading for a huge economic downturn and people will be seeing inflation coming hard soon. Streamline your bottom line and bring in more souls to your church who will in turn be giving something.
     
  17. RestoreTheJoy

    RestoreTheJoy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    They need to understand what they are doing, how they are simply honoring God for all of His blessings. "Give and it will be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, will men give unto you." While we don't give to get, of course, NOT giving is failing to trust God to do what He said. He said He will take care of you.

    I would just tell them what the scriptures say (though this shouldn't be news if the pastor is regularly edifying the Body).
     
  18. SwordmanJr

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    How about simply teaching what the Bible says on the subject?

    The Old Testament system of tithing is gone adn no longer relevant for today. The New Testament teaches giving, and it shows that giving going for the meeting of needs, not for buildings and lawn care. If people want to give in support of a building, that should be a lower priority to giving to meet the needs of fellow believers and others in the community who are in genuine need.

    Asking most people here in the West about this topic generally leads to unscriptural beliefs being put forth as biblical when in fact they are not. Many people will stand guilty of trying to point at their support of a church organization and its upkeep as allegedly having "given to God" when it fact they gave almost nothing for the meeting of genuine needs of fellow, needy believers above all else.

    How is that "giving" when handing the majority of ones "giving" to something from which they directly benefit?

    Jr
     
  19. RaymondG

    RaymondG Well-Known Member

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    So you believe that one should be able to enter a building....experience the heat on the building in the winter, AC in the summer....use the facilities therein, which we demand be clean....enjoy a time there.... But care little about how the building is kept open for them to return the next week?

    Would you say the same for hospitals? Pay for the medicine and the doctors labor and help other patients but dont worry about keeping the hospital doors open?
     
  20. Dave-W

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    And what "needs" do you include in that list?

    Do you think that all churches should meet in private homes, and that pastors should not be paid?
     
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