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Money is talked about more than any other topic in the Bible. This is because where our treasure is, our heart will be also. The following are scriptures that will help you gain a Biblical mindset about money as well as encourage you to live a generous lifestyle.
Deuteronomy 8:10-18 - God gives the ability to produce wealth
Matthew 23:23 - Jesus’ affirmation of tithing
Malachi 3:7-12 - Holding back tithes & offerings is stealing from God
2 Corinthians 9:5-15 - God loves a cheerful giver
Psalms 50:9-12 - God owns everything
Proverbs 22:9 - Generous man will be blessed
Proverbs 28:22 - Stingy man is eager to get rich, but gets poverty
Proverbs 28:27 - Give and have enough, withhold and be cursed
Matthew 6:25-34 - Get priorities straight
Mark 12:41-44 - God’s idea of generous
Deuteronomy 16:16 - Bringing offerings to God
1 Corinthians 16:2 - Systematic giving
1 Timothy 6:6-11 - Love of money and “stuff”
Hebrews 6:10 - God remembering your gift
Romans 12:13 - Sharing
Acts 20:35 - Better to give than to receive
Matthew 6:21 - Where is your heart
Luke 16:10-12 - Taking care of your finances
Proverbs 13:22 - Saving for your kids and beyond
1 John 3:17 - Love of God in a man
Top 10 Questions about the Church and money:
1. Does God need my money?
The answer is no. However, God does want your heart. In Matthew 6:21 the Bible clearly states that where you put your treasure is where your heart will be.
2. If my gift is a donation, what is the difference between tithes and offerings?
In the Bible tithes and offerings are two separate gifts. The tithe is 10% of your first fruits that God wants all believers to give (Malachi 3:7-12) and offerings are gifts that you feel lead, or prompted, to give.
3. If tithe means 10%, should I figure it based on my gross or net salary?
The Bible tells us to tithe from our “first fruits”. Today our “first fruits” is what we get paid for working. Every month numerous bills need to be paid from our check in order to survive. This is actually true for all but one bill and that is taxes. Taxes are taken from our check before we even receive it. However, this does not change the fact that our “first fruits” is actually the gross pay before taxes.
4. Isn’t tithing an Old Testament law? Do I still have to tithe if I am no longer under the law but under grace?
Tithing is a precedent that predates Mosaic Law. You will see in scripture that Abraham tithed, gave a tenth, of everything that he had (Genesis 14:18-20). Jesus also affirms tithing in Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42.
5. Does God ever mention money in the Bible?
The Bible talks about money more than 800 times. It will provide you with standards to live by in areas such as debt, savings, budgeting, investing, giving, receiving, etc. God is interested in how you manage your money because it affects every area of your life. A recent statistic from Financial Peace University stated that 37% of all marital problems are derived from financial situations.
6. What does the church do with the money that I give?
The Church is called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry as well as take care of the poor and needy. At Mid-Cities, we spend 58% of all money on ministry, missions, benevolence and staff to facilitate all of this. 34% of all money is spent on administration and facility needs. Mid-Cities is part of a larger group of Churches worldwide known as Every Nation Ministries. The final 8% of our budget goes to that organization.
7. Is my gift to another non-profit organization considered a tithe?
In Malachi 3:10, God is pretty clear that the tithe is to be brought to the church where the work of the ministry takes place.
8. Is money really the root of all evil?
This is a common misconception in the Bible. 1 Timothy 6:10 does not say that money is the root of all evil, but it does say that the love of money is. The Bible warns us over and over not to focus on getting rich (Proverbs 28:22).
9. Should I wait until I can afford it to tithe?
I think a better question would be, “Can you afford not to tithe?” With so many promises from God’s word associated with tithing, it should become a lifestyle to you. The promises include, but are not limited to, spiritual blessing, emotional blessings, financial blessings, etc.
10. Does Mid-Cities offer a class that will help me with my finances?
We have a class called "Financial Peace University" and occurs within our Adult Ministries. In this class you will learn basic budgeting skills that will allow you to take the first step in becoming a good steward of what God has entrusted you with. For more information on this class, please email Chris Kelly.