Old School Giving & Not Robbing God

There are many possible factors as to why a church may have members that don’t give their money sacrificially to meet needs. Many of these factors are problems. But the root of the problem is that we don’t love God enough. Love will fuel us to give sacrificially. We will make the most sacrifices for what we love. And if we truly love Christ, there will be proof of it and we will express it. The proof and expression will be in what we sacrifice for Him.


Well, if you’re new to the church, each year about the third weekend of January we have an annual business meeting. And on that Sunday, I believe for the entire history of our church, I have sought to bring a message concerning giving money, wealth, possessions… because the truth is that there is not a lot of preaching from this pulpit concerning giving. From the very early days, I purposely did not want to say much about money, nor ever take an offering, because I never wanted people to feel like they have to give to come and hear the truth. In coming here to the East side, I didn’t want people to feel like we were here to make money or to extort money from people. Because the truth is lots of pastors and lots of churches have that kind of reputation. And in fact, there are numerous churches here on the East side, and I’ve heard testimony from some of you who have come from those churches, that they talk about money every single meeting. And in fact, sometimes they take offerings and then they take another offering because not enough came in. I’ve even heard of the doors being locked and nobody allowed to leave until they raised a certain amount of money. Carlos, you told me a story like that. So, I recognize that religion and money is sensitive, and yet at the same time, Scripture has a lot to say about money. And so we want to be biblical, (incomplete thought) It can be really hard to preach on about your responsibility to take care of those who preach to you because it can seem very self-serving. And yet, if we’re going to be biblical, Scripture speaks about things like that. And so, this is the one Sunday (incomplete thought) where I’m going to kind of let all the reservations go and speak very plainly. And we’ll pray as we dive into this. Father, I just want to thank You. Thank You, thank You that there is such a thing as salvation. Thank You that You did so love the world to send Your Son to rescue folks like us. Thank You, Lord. To rescue sinners like us. Broken. Backward. Depraved. Thank You. Father, I do want to ask You, Lord, may You heal Papa. We pray that You’d take this sickness away from him. Father, I pray, Lord, give all of us ears to hear from this message the part that we need to hear. And I pray for that in Christ’s name. Amen. Ok. Maybe before we open up our Bibles – a couple different things happen. I sat with a fellow pastor before the holidays, and he asked me whether I believe that tithing – well, maybe he was making a statement about tithing, and I said I didn’t really believe that was the New Testament standard…