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A THEOLOGY OF TITHE AND PRACTICE OF TITHING IN THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Erika F Puni, PhD Stewardship Ministries Director General Conference.

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1 A THEOLOGY OF TITHE AND PRACTICE OF TITHING IN THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Erika F Puni, PhD Stewardship Ministries Director General Conference

2 Receiver MasterSlave CreatorCreature Redeemer Giver ManagerOwner Redeemed STEWARDLORD THE TWO SIDES OF STEWARDSHIP

3 “Stewardship is ALL of me in response to ALL of God” Heart Tithes & Offerings Lordship of Christ Church Member God as Owner Program Pocket and Wallet ValuesBehavior Lifestyle BROAD VIEW NARROW VIEW

4 Jesus Is Lord Of All

5 Financial Stewardship u Acknowledgment of God’s Creatorship u Expression of Partnership with the Divine u Commitment to the Lordship of Jesus u Recognition of God’s Blessings of Grace u Believers response of Love and Gratitude u Demonstration of our Faith in Christ u Living the Covenant Relationship with God

6 Theological Basis u God is Creator and Owner of all things u God is both Provider and Sustainer of life u God is the Giver and Source of all Blessings u God is a Personal Helper and Protector u God alone is Worthy of our Worship u God alone is Trustworthy

7 Fundamentals of Tithing u Tithe is returned out of God’s blessings u Tithe is returned based on income/increase u Tithe is returned in CASH and in KIND u Tithe is returned by the believer/disciple in relationship with God u Tithe is returned for the believer’s benefit u Tithe is returned as an act of worship u Tithe is returned to God – His storehouse

8 Dr. Kegalale Gasennelwe, Gaborone, Botswana

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14 Application of Tithe MeaningPrinciple Belongs to God It is holyWe don’t take/use it We don’t keep it God specifies itWe obey and follow Act of worshipIt’s about God Spiritual responseIt’s about the Heart Expression of loyaltyIt’s about faithfulness

15 Key OT Tithe Passages 1.Genesis 14 – Abraham returned Tithe 2.Genesis 28:10-22 – Jacob promised Tithe 3.Leviticus 27:30-33 – Tithing Legislation 4.Numbers 18:21-32 – Priests and Levites 5.Deuteronomy 12,14,16 – Central Sanctuary 6.2 Chronicles 31:4-6,12 – Hezekiah Reform 7.Nehemiah 10,12,13 – Covenant Renewal

16 Tithe Restated 1.Tithing acknowledges God as Creator & Owner 2. Tithe is an expression of personal worship 3. Tithe is to be returned to God first 4. Tithe is to be returned to the storehouse 5. Tithe is returned by tithe recipients to God 6. Tithe is holy at all times (OT, NT, and beyond) 7. Tithe is not tied to the Levitical system only

17 Pastoral Leadership 1.Preaches on biblical stewardship 2.Teaches financial stewardship 3.Promotes tithe and offerings as lifestyle 4.Reports and affirm church faithfulness 5.Models leadership integrity by example 6.Lifts up Jesus and focus on the heart 7.Connects members to God’s mission

18 Stewardship Strategy Offering SystemsInformation and Communication Strategy Stewardship Education Local Church Pastor

19 Stewardship Messengers “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction- because he is the MESSENGER of the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 2:7 (NIV)

20 The Message of Malachi: God was calling Israel (both its leaders and people) to return to Him; to be faithful in their worship and covenant relationship with Him (Mal 1:1-8; 2:11). The Leadership Challenge: God admonishes priests to honor Him by being faithful to their sacred calling as “messengers” of His word to the people (Malachi 2:1-9).

21 Textual Observation: The role of the priest was to communicate clearly to the people the instructions and will of God - to love Him fully - and return to Him (Malachi 2:6). Ministry Application: Our work as stewardship educators is to challenge God’s people into a personal relationship with Jesus, and to remind them of their God-given responsibility as Christian stewards in the matter of tithe and offerings.

22 Our Stewardship Message God made all things and He has sustained them by His power. As Creator God He owns everything including us – the totality of our human life and experience. This God – Jesus Christ - is Savior and King of the universe. As His subjects, we live for Him; and our purpose in life is to honor Him by surrendering our hearts and everything that we are and have to His control. As stewards of His kingdom, we’re also partners with Him in His mission in the world to make disciples of all peoples.

23 Blessings Formula 90% + God’s Blessing = B+ 100% - God’s Blessings = B- Even at a 100% income level, we will still be short of meeting our 100% needs; but in returning to God His 10% (tithe), He will increase our 90% (remaining income) to meet all of our 100% needs.

24 “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 you will not have room enough for it.” Malachi 3:10 (NIV ) God’s Promise

25 Floodgates are adjustable gates used to control water flow in flood barriers, reservoir, river, stream, or levee systems.


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