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Honoring God with our finances through joyful giving

Title: Honoring God with our finances through joyful giving

As followers of Christ, we are called to honor God in all areas of our lives, including our finances. Giving to the church, also known as tithing, is an important aspect of our Christian stewardship. In this lesson, we will explore the biblical principles of joyful giving and how it reflects our love and obedience to God.

Biblical Foundation:
In Malachi 3:10, God challenges His people to bring their tithes to the storehouse, promising to pour out blessings beyond measure. Similarly, in 2 Corinthians 9:7, we are encouraged to give cheerfully, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. These verses emphasize the importance of joyful and sacrificial giving as a demonstration of our love for God and our trust in His provision.

Principles of Joyful Giving:
1. Giving as an act of worship: When we give to the church, we are acknowledging God as the ultimate source of all our resources. It is an act of worship, expressing our gratitude for His provision and faithfulness in our lives.

2. Giving as an expression of faith: Tithing requires faith in God’s promises to provide for our needs. When we give joyfully, we demonstrate our trust in God’s faithfulness to honor His word and meet our needs.

3. Giving as a reflection of our priorities: Jesus taught that where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also (Matthew 6:21). Giving to the church reflects our commitment to God’s kingdom and our recognition that our material possessions are ultimately His.

Practical Application:
1. Assess your current giving: Take time to prayerfully consider your current giving habits. Are you giving joyfully and sacrificially? Are you honoring God with your finances through tithing?

2. Cultivate a spirit of generosity: Seek opportunities to give beyond the tithe, whether through offerings, charitable donations, or acts of kindness. Embrace the joy of giving and watch how God blesses your obedience.

3. Trust in God’s provision: As you give to the church and support the work of the kingdom, trust in God’s promise to bless you abundantly. He is faithful to provide for those who honor Him with their finances.

Joyful giving is a powerful way to honor God with our finances and steward our resources according to His will. As we continue to grow in our understanding of tithing and embrace the joy of giving, may we experience the abundant blessings and provision of our faithful God. Let us give generously, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian


1 Chronicles 29:9
Proverbs 3:9-10
Malachi 3:10
2 Corinthians 9:7
Luke 6:38

Questions for Lesson

1. How has tithing changed your perspective on money and possessions?
2. What does the Bible say about the importance of giving to the church?
3. How has giving to the church impacted your spiritual growth and relationship with God?
4. What are some practical ways to prioritize giving to the church in your budget?
5. What biblical principles guide our giving and tithing?
6. Quiz question: What is the biblical significance of tithing and how does it relate to honoring God with our finances?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Everything and Nothing Less” by Chris McClarney
2. “God of the Ages” by Travis Cottrell
3. “Offering” by Paul Baloche
4. “Hosanna” by Hillsong United

Object Lesson

Props needed:
1. A clear jar labeled “Tithe”
2. Some monopoly money or play money
3. A stack of blank envelopes
4. A church bulletin or newsletter
5. A copy of Malachi 3:10

Begin by displaying the clear jar labeled “Tithe” and explain to the audience that this jar represents our giving to the church, specifically our tithe. Show them the monopoly money or play money and explain that this represents the income we receive.

Next, take the stack of blank envelopes and explain that these represent the different ways we can give to the church, whether it’s through the offering plate during service, online giving, or through direct deposit.

Then, pull out a church bulletin or newsletter and point out the various ministries and outreach programs that the church is involved in. Explain how our financial contributions help support these initiatives and make a difference in the lives of others.

Finally, read aloud Malachi 3:10 which says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

As you conclude, encourage the adults to joyfully and faithfully give to the church, knowing that God is faithful to bless those who honor Him with their finances.


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