As a church leader, you’re always looking for the perfect offering scriptures to use in your worship services.
Not only do these scriptures help remind your congregation of the importance of giving, but they also provide a source of inspiration and encouragement.
The Bible is filled with giving verses. But do you find yourself always using the same scriptures for offerings? If so, this list of offering scriptures will come in handy.
When you’re preparing for your next worship service, consider how you could tie in scripture that deals with giving. After all, many of your church members may not understand the purpose of tithes and offerings.
When these Bible verses are a part of your services, it’s a more natural way to inspire giving, not just during church services, but all week long.
Table of contents
- 29 Offering Scriptures
- Genesis 4:4
- Genesis 14:18-20
- Genesis 35:14
- Exodus 25:2
- Deuteronomy 8:18
- Deuteronomy 16:16-17
- Psalm 96:8
- Proverbs 3:9
- Proverbs 11:24
- Proverbs 22:9
- Malachi 3:8
- Malachi 3:10
- Matthew 10:42
- Mark 12:41-44
- Luke 6:38
- Luke 12:15
- Luke 12:33-34
- Luke 3:11
- John 3:16
- Acts 4:34-35
- Acts 20:35
- 2 Corinthians 8:3-4
- 2 Corinthians 9:6
- Galatians 6:9
- Philippians 4:18
- 1 Timothy 6:18-19
- Hebrews 13:16
- James 2:15-16
- Peter 4:10
- When Are People Giving Tithes and Offerings?
- Emphasize the Value of Such Sacrifices
- Understand the Purpose in Giving Offerings
- Ensure Offering Scriptures Match Your Sermon
- Bible Verses Encourage the Heart of Giving
- Allow Opportunities for Online Giving
29 Offering Scriptures
There are many Bible verses on giving, along with tithes and offerings, in addition to what’s listed here. Not using scripture is one the biggest mistakes you can make when you talk about giving.
Our offerings are more than donations to a good cause. Although offerings are used to help people and build the church, our giving is first and foremost an act of worship. When we bring our tithes and offerings, we’re acknowledging that everything we have is a gift from God.
And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering
From the beginning, bringing our offerings to the Lord has been an act of worship and sign of dependence and gratitude. When we bring offerings to the Lord, we acknowledge that everything we have is from God. We honor Him first with our best. Adam’s son Abel was a shepherd and he brought God the first and best of his flock. And the Lord was pleased with this offering.
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand. Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Here we see two things. First, giving is an act of worship. When Abram (later named Abraham) returned from battle, the first thing he did was to give a tenth of everything he had captured to Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High. Second, when we give offerings to the Lord, we’re acknowledging that He is the Provider of all good things.
Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.
The great Fathers of the Bible passed an example to their sons. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others understood the importance and value of worshiping God–and offerings were part of the picture. Their first response to victory, insight, and other situations was to worship. And they did this by building altars and pouring out offerings to the Lord.
Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.
Many offering Bible verses show us a long history of giving. In the Old Testament, we see all the congregation and people of Go giving to build the temple. Giving is also an act of worship. In all cases, the Lord is looking for giving from the heart, not out of rule-following obligation.
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
When we become wealthy, it can be tempting to take credit. But this scripture reminds us that it is the Lord who gives us the ability to make money and become prosperous. When we remember where our wealth comes from, our hearts will be in the right place and we’ll remember the value of giving.
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.
No matter how much or how little you have to give, the Lord calls us to give what we can based on our ability. When you give, you are blessed in return. God can work miracles with even a small offering and promises to care for all your needs.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
Psalms is a book of songs and poetry. And the book of Psalms is full of verses about offering and worship. This particular Psalm, like many others, calls us to glorify the Lord and honor Him with our giving. We enter the Lord’s presence with praise and thanksgiving, honoring the Lord with our gifts.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops
Although you may not work in agriculture, the idea of first fruits still applies. First fruits are the first agricultural produce of a harvest season. But this also symbolizes the initial results of whatever endeavors we’re involved in. In the same vein of bringing all the tithe into the storehouse, we want to ensure our first and best offering goes to the lord God.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
Generosity has a compounding effect. When you give freely, you do gain something in return. And a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment from helping others is only the beginning. On the other hand, when you withhold giving, you not only deny others the benefits of your giving, but you also rob yourself of the blessings that come from generosity.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
Offering scriptures like this one help us to understand that God blesses those who are generous. When we give generously, we open ourselves up to receiving God’s blessing in our lives. God loves a cheerful giver! When we give out of a pure heart, God is pleased. He blesses us in return for our generosity. We can’t out-give God.
Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings.
Have you ever robbed God? That thought hasn’t ever crossed most people’s minds. How could man rob God? This Bible passage from the book of Malachi answers that question directly: by withholding tithes and offerings. The Lord sees this as a serious issue not because He needs our money, but because it’s an indication of our heart condition, trust, and worship.
“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.”
This is one of the most frequently quoted offering scriptures and for good reason! The Lord challenges us to put Him to the test and offers a tremendous promise. He tells us to bring the entire tithe into the storehouse and we can expect more blessings than we could possibly contain.
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.
Jesus Christ is very clear that His disciples are called to give. Yes, we’re meant to follow Him and our eternal life is based on faith.
However, there are many needs in the world around us, and we’re called to serve others while we’re here on this earth. And Jesus says whatever we’re doing for those around us, it’s as if we’re serving and giving to Him!
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
Offering scriptures like this one about the poor widow and the wealthy shows us that how much you give is not the most important thing. We see the rich putting in large amounts of money, but our Lord Jesus Christ points out the widow. Although she only has two small copper coins, she is giving the “most” because she’s freely giving all she has.
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.
This offering scripture in the book of Luke is a promise that a cheerful giver will receive in the same measure in which they give. You don’t have to worry about running out, because you can’t out give God.
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.
Covetousness is the strong desire to have what belongs to someone else. The tenth commandment is to not covet. Christ Jesus echoes this command. And He tells us that we need to guard against this type of envy because the purpose of our lives is not about accumulating possessions.
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.
Where is your treasure? It’s not on this earth where thieves can break in and steal. Or moths and rust destroy. What matters is our heavenly treasure and what we experience for eternity. So let your heart be focused on heaven!
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.”
Having more than you need is a tremendous blessing. The response shouldn’t be to hoard all the yield for ourselves but freely share with those less fortunate. Whether it’s clothing, food, or other basic needs, we should care for others.
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.
This offering scripture is perhaps our greatest reminder of what it means to give. Our heavenly Father offered the greatest gift of all time – His only son! God gave such a sacrifice on our behalf, and we are in turn called to give generously from what God has blessed us with.
For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each to the extent that any had need.
The early church took care of one another’s needs. There were no needy people because the community was pulling together and sharing what they had. This is a beautiful picture of the church working together in unity.
In everything I 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.”
Bible verses like this one remind us to put our focus on others, not just ourselves. Giving brings great joy to the giver, sometimes more than it does to the person receiving the gift!
2 Corinthians 8:3-4
For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people
Paul is writing to the church in Corinth about the Macedonian churches and their generosity. He points out how they looked beyond the requirement in their giving. These churches also understood that it’s a blessing and privilege to serve others and support the church.
2 Corinthians 9:6
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
This scripture tells us that we get in proportion to what we give. Those who sow only a little will reap sparingly. On the other hand, those who give generously will reap bountifully. This principle applies to finances, but also to other forms of giving and serving.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap, if we do not give up.
You wouldn’t plant seeds and then never water them. Or expect them to grow into a tree within a week. We need to recognize that we may not see the fruit of our effort immediately, but should remain steadfast and patient. This is an example of encouraging offering scriptures to share with your members!
I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
Many churches take up offerings to support missionaries along with pastors, churches, and ministries all over the world. Our offerings can provide the means so that not only our whole nation but all the nations can hear the good news of the kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 6:18-19
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Scripture consistently reminds us that this world isn’t our home. Instead, we look to the heavenly blessing and future treasure of the kingdom of God. So, we should take care to be generous and share what we have with others. Whatever we store up in the form of possessions on earth ultimately won’t matter, so let’s be generous in giving.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.
God wants us to give what we can, when we can. He knows that sometimes our circumstances make it difficult to give as much as we would like. But He sees and honors every sacrifice. And every gift can produce thanksgiving in our hearts.
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?
When it comes to helping others, actions speak louder than words, as the saying goes. Small acts of kindness can go a long way. When we give good gifts to others, it’s a testimony, of our faith and the Holy Spirit can open eyes and hearts to the Lord.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Everyone has been given gifts from God. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this fact and consider what we have. You commonly see people putting money into possessions and treasures of the present age. However, we need to think of serving others and how that supplies seed for the kingdom of God.
When Are People Giving Tithes and Offerings?
It’s not as common for people to give during weekend services as it used to be. Back in the day, checks and cash were the only option. But online giving is now an extremely popular option.
With 24/7 online and mobile giving available, people will give when it’s convenient. Is your church prepared to receive those offerings?
Adding offering scriptures to your giving page reminds people that there is a biblical basis for tithes and offerings. These Bible verses emphasize the heart and purpose of giving.
However, also remember that approximately 27% of giving still happens on Sundays. This means your church will benefit from having an offering box available. In addition, it still makes sense to explain the purpose of giving using offering scriptures at some point in service.
Emphasize the Value of Such Sacrifices
One of the giving scriptures listed above is Mark 12:41-44. This is the story of the poor widow who put two small copper corns in the offering. After seeing this, Jesus told His disciples that she put “more” in the treasury than all the others, including the rich people.
Jesus wasn’t referring to the total dollar amount. He was highlighting the value of the gift. Although it wasn’t as much as others, it was from a pure heart and it was a sacrifice for her.
When it comes to church offerings, members should never feel self-conscious or that they need to compare themselves with another. Giving is between the individual and the Lord, and He sees every sacrifice.
As scripture reminds us, we shouldn’t give under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver.
Understand the Purpose in Giving Offerings
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, your church members need to understand the purpose and mission of their giving.
Your members come to church to worship. And giving is part of our worship. Also, while giving is part of receiving God’s blessings, it should be done without expectation of getting anything in return. Our purpose of giving is to support the work of the ministry and provide for those in need.
Also, it’s helpful to include a breakdown of finances and giving on your church website so people can see clearly and transparently how offerings are being used.
Ensure Offering Scriptures Match Your Sermon
Whenever you use these bible verses, 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.
Bible Verses Encourage the Heart of Giving
Money is always a difficult subject to talk about. But we have to remember that giving is about more than just money.
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.
These offering scriptures are all welcome reminders of the value of giving to others. And also that when we give to others, we are ultimately giving to the Lord.
Allow Opportunities for Online Giving
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 they can give on your website, via the mobile app or by text. You could also 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.
More on Giving Scriptures
We hope you’ve found this list of 29 offering scriptures. Each of these verses has something special to offer church leaders and members when it comes to giving back to God. What is your favorite verse from the list? Let us know in the comments below!