The Bible is filled with offering scriptures to help encourage your members to give more, but are you using them?
While you’re preparing for your next worship service, consider how you could tie in scripture that deals with giving. After all, many of your members may not understand the importance of tithing.
When these scriptures are a part of your services, it’s a more natural way to inspire giving, not just during church services, but all week long.
People Prefer Giving Outside Of Church Services
Abysmal giving during church services might have you feeling frustrated, but how much do your members give outside of services? Even more important, is your church prepared to receive those offerings?
According to PushPay, 73% of all church giving happens outside of Sunday services. In fact, nearly a third of people prefer to give online late a night between 9 PM and 6 AM. While 27% of giving does still happen on Sundays, your church could be missing out if you’re not offering alternative ways to give.
Adding offering scriptures to your next worship service could inspire your members to give when it’s more financially convenient later in the week.
Consider Financial Problems
It’s not uncommon to try to get your members to stick with the 10% tithing rule. However, that’s not always feasible. When you’re using giving scriptures in your sermons, take into consideration the financial problems your members may be having.
For some, 10% of their income could mean the difference between having a place to live or not for the next month. Instead of focusing on percentages, focus strictly on giving and explain that it’s okay if members can’t give right now. Instead, encourage them to give when they can.
If you’re not sure why members aren’t giving, consider asking them to answer a quick survey to explain why. In hard hit communities, you might find that some of your members aren’t able to give right now and may even be in need of help from your church.
Explain The Value Of Giving, Even A Little
Tithing means different things to different people, church leaders
While your church might want everyone to give 10%, those who might only be able to give 5% might feel like their offering isn’t enough to even bother with.
When using offering scriptures in your sermons, explain that God isn’t always interested in how much you give, but how much the offering means to the person. For one person, 10% might be like pocket change, but to another, 2% of their income might be all they can afford and still pay for their basic needs.
Whether someone gives $1 or $500, it doesn’t matter. It all adds up and is meaningful. Encouraging even a little giving is what matters most and helps show your members the true value of giving.
Limit Offering Scriptures During Sermons
Yes, it’s important for your members to give to the church to help support your ministry efforts and basic upkeep of the church itself. However, if your sermons are nothing but offering scriptures, members might get annoyed.
Your members come to church to worship. While giving is part of receiving God’s blessings, you also need to help your members explore their faith more fully. Limit your offering scriptures to one per sermon to prevent making it sound like a fundraiser.
It is okay, however, to have the occasional sermon that focuses mainly on giving. After all, tithing is incredibly important.
Ensure Offering Scriptures Match Your Sermon
Whenever you use these scriptures, make sure they match the theme of your sermon. This will make them much more effective. It’s easier than you might think to work the topic of giving into a sermon.
It doesn’t always have to be about monetary giving either. Just talking about helping each other works well to inspire thoughts of giving and be more generous.
To really get the point across, consider doing an entire giving sermon series. You can focus on different offering scriptures to better explain how God feels about giving.
If you need some inspiration, Tithe.ly has 12 sermons on the topic from other pastors to help you see how to broach the subject of tithing. Sermon Search also has a list of giving sermons and outlines to help you create your own.
Encourage Giving Outside Of Finances
Money is always a hard topic to talk about. It can make members start looking at each other and comparing who can and can’t give. Members might stare at the collection plate, feeling self-conscious about what they’re able to put in.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, you should encourage giving outside of finances. For those who can’t give cash, they may be able to donate time or a skill. For instance, you might have a writer as part of your church family. They might not be able to donate money, but they could write a blog post each week for the church.
Volunteering, donating items (such as clothing and food) and sharing God’s word to encourage others to join the church are all ways of giving. God doesn’t just favor those who give money. He favors those who give anything of themselves.
Offering Scriptures To Use
While we can’t list all the possible offering scriptures to use, we can give you a start with these 20:
- In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35 – Showcases how giving in itself is a blessing to both the giver and the recipient.
- And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. – Hebrews 13:16 – Explains that wants people to give what they
can,when they can.
- One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds
unduly,but comes to poverty. – Proverbs 11:24 – Shows that only through giving can one be truly blessed with real wealth, including monetary and emotional gains.
- Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Luke 6:38 – Helps explain that you only get what you give in life.
- Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Luke 12:33-34 – Explains that giving fills your heart with joy and creates a treasure for you to enjoy in heaven.
- Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on. – Mark 12:41-44 – Showcases that it doesn’t matter how much you give, but that you give what you can when possible.
- They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God that He has given you. – Deuteronomy 16:16b, 17 – Another example of why it’s important to give what you are able and that even small tithes are enough.
- Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. – Proverbs 28:27 – Showcases that God wants His followers to help those less fortunate, whether by giving finances or time.
- And He said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. – Luke 12:15 – Helps to explain that being greedy doesn’t lead to a fruitful life, but a life filled with generosity is the one that is truly rich.
everythingI showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35 – Explains that God blesses those are willing to give and help those less fortunate.
- And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9 – Giving should happen regularly in order to reap what you sow, which is a blessed life and eternity filled with the joy of helping others.
- And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” – Luke 3:11 – Showcases that if you’re fortunate enough to have more than you need, you should help those who have none.
- And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. – Matthew 10:42 – Explains that giving doesn’t actually take anything away from the giver. Instead, the giver will be rewarded in time.
- 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. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts. – Malachi 3:10-12 – Showcases that those who give will be blessed by God.
- He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. – Proverbs 22:9 – Sharing is the true path to receiving God’s blessings.
- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life. – John 3:16 – If God can give what’s most valuable to Him, others should give as well.
- Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – Corinthians 9:6 – A reminder that you reap what you sow, including with giving and blessings.
- If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? – James 2:15-16 – Explains that simply wishing a better life for someone isn’t as useful as doing what you can to help them find a better life.
- As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. – Peter 4:10 – Showcases that you should use the gifts God has given to give to others.
- But if anyone has the world’s good and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him. – John 3:17 – Explains that keeping God in your heart also means doing God’s work, such as helping those in need.
Increasing Online Tithing After Services
One thing you should add to your sermons is a reminder about online tithing. If you don’t already have a platform in place for this, now is the time to get started. Most providers only take a small fee or percentage and allow for both mobile and web-based giving.
Remind your members to tithe on your website, via the mobile app or by text. For those who can’t give monetary donations, have a section on your site to sign up for volunteer opportunities. You could also list things you need done around the church to see if anyone has the skills or time to help out.
Is your church prepared to receive offerings online? If not, consider building an engaging church website today to expand your reach and your tithes.