“So that’s how we see this. This is an online church and we hope to grow community,” he continued. “And of course, in time, if you got people, let say, in London or in New York or in Sydney, then maybe sometime Bobbie and I can come and physically meet with you as well because we see that as our congregation. We see that as our church.”
Hillsong Church’s former pastor then explained why people should give their tithes to the new church. “So how does that affect our giving,” he said. “Malachi 3:9 says, ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in my house.’ Food in God’s house.”
“There’s a lot of different ways to do church now, and so we consider this a church, and we want to see people find Christ, we want to reach people, we want to expand the influence, and really ultimately want to see people’s lives changed,” Brian added.
Bringing tithes in the storehouse is really “provision for the vision,” he argued. “We are full of vision for what God is about to do. We are full of vision in ways that we can impact and influence people’s lives.” Brian said that what he loves about the new online church is that it can have a “global community and we can connect globally.”
Brian concluded his offering appeal by saying those who give will be filled with blessing that won’t be able to be “contained.”
“When God blesses you, let’s not try and contain it [but] let’s decide that we are going to be ourselves a bigger blessing to the world around us and about us,” he said. He then thanked viewers for giving and prayed that God would bless those who gave.
After recording the offering part of the video, Brian can be heard saying that he referenced the wrong verse in Malachi. Malachi 3:9 reads, “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.” It is the following verse that says:
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.