Is It Time to Stop Tithing?

Generosity opens up the soul. Generosity connects me with God.

When I give away what I’ve worked so hard to earn, I begin to understand the Gospel. I begin to experience the heart of God as he sees his son dying on a cross for the sin he did not commit.

Generosity is the key to the treasure chest of joy. When I give, I experience just a taste of heaven.

Teaching people that giving is about duty or thankfulness or responsibility is like getting married because she cooks a mean apple pie. Apple pie is fine, but marriage is so much more.

Percentage giving is fine, but generosity is so much more.

Not sharing the joy of generosity because of the abuse of selfish fools espousing a false Gospel is robbing the very people we’ve been called to protect. We shouldn’t shy away from talking about money and giving and generosity. We should talk about it more and more and more.

But we have to talk in terms of generosity. Sure, give to the church and give to the homeless and give to the mission in Africa. Give a percentage because that will help you crack the shell of selfishness that encases your soul, but don’t stop there.

Sometimes I think we’re afraid to teach true generosity, not just supporting the local church but becoming people who give in every direction, because we have a scarcity mentality. If people don’t tithe, the church will shut down.

I believe the opposite is true; if people learn true generosity and the joy it brings, if the local church becomes at least as generous as the most generous givers, the storehouse will overflow.

What if every sermon for the next three months focused on God’s generosity and our response? I wonder what might happen…

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Geoff Surratt
Geoff Surratt, having served Saddleback Church as Pastor of Church Planting and Seacoast Church as Executive Pastor, is now the Director of Exponential. (www.exponential.com) He also works with churches on strategy, structure and vision as a free agent church encourager and catalyst. He has over twenty-nine years of ministry experience in the local church and is the author of several books including The Multisite Church Revolution and 10 Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing.