Presentation on theme: "Erika F Puni, PhD Stewardship Ministries Director General Conference"— Presentation transcript:
1Erika F Puni, PhD Stewardship Ministries Director General Conference A THEOLOGY OF TITHE AND PRACTICE OF TITHING IN THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHErika F Puni, PhDStewardship Ministries DirectorGeneral Conference
2THE TWO SIDES OF STEWARDSHIP LORDSTEWARDMasterSlaveCreatorCreatureOwnerManagerGiverReceiverRedeemerRedeemed
3“Stewardship is ALL of me in response to ALL of God” NARROW VIEWBROAD VIEWTithes & OfferingsLordship of ChristChurch MemberGod as OwnerBehaviorValuesPocket and WalletHeartProgramLifestyle
5Financial Stewardship Acknowledgment of God’s CreatorshipExpression of Partnership with the DivineCommitment to the Lordship of JesusRecognition of God’s Blessings of GraceBelievers response of Love and GratitudeDemonstration of our Faith in ChristLiving the Covenant Relationship with God
6Theological Basis God is Creator and Owner of all things God is both Provider and Sustainer of lifeGod is the Giver and Source of all BlessingsGod is a Personal Helper and ProtectorGod alone is Worthy of our WorshipGod alone is Trustworthy
7Fundamentals of Tithing Tithe is returned out of God’s blessingsTithe is returned based on income/increaseTithe is returned in CASH and in KINDTithe is returned by the believer/disciple in relationship with GodTithe is returned for the believer’s benefitTithe is returned as an act of worshipTithe is returned to God – His storehouse
14It’s about faithfulness Application of TithePrincipleMeaningBelongs to GodWe don’t keep itIt is holyWe don’t take/use itGod specifies itWe obey and followAct of worshipIt’s about GodSpiritual responseIt’s about the HeartExpression of loyaltyIt’s about faithfulness
15Key OT Tithe Passages Genesis 14 – Abraham returned Tithe Genesis 28:10-22 – Jacob promised TitheLeviticus 27:30-33 – Tithing LegislationNumbers 18:21-32 – Priests and LevitesDeuteronomy 12,14,16 – Central Sanctuary2 Chronicles 31:4-6,12 – Hezekiah ReformNehemiah 10,12,13 – Covenant Renewal
16Tithe Restated1.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
17Pastoral Leadership Preaches on biblical stewardship Teaches financial stewardshipPromotes tithe and offerings as lifestyleReports and affirm church faithfulnessModels leadership integrity by exampleLifts up Jesus and focus on the heartConnects members to God’s mission
18Stewardship Strategy Pastor Local Church Stewardship Education Offering SystemsInformation andCommunicationStrategyLocal ChurchPastor
19Stewardship Messengers “For the lips of a priest ought topreserve knowledge, and from hismouth men should seek instruction-because he is the MESSENGER of theLord Almighty.” Malachi 2:7 (NIV)
20The 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).
21Textual 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.
22Our 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.
23Blessings 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.
24God’s Promise“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)
25Floodgates are adjustable gates used to control water flow in flood barriers, reservoir, river, stream, or levee systems.