Hello and welcome to this list of 10 tithe and offering message ideas.
Let me start by congratulating you for taking the time to plan your next giving talk!
Unlike others who kinda make it up on the spot, you’re preparing beforehand and will present way better as a result.
It’s your 2 minute window to teach God’s way of thinking about money, the blessing there is in giving and encourage people to tithe.
It’s important we prepare well.
Because an inspiring and well-presented offering talk will equip and empower your people to take that step of faith to trust God with their finances, increase giving and grow your church budget, meaning more money for ministry.
In this post we’re going to get your creative juices flowing with 10 tithe and offering message ideas and 54 done-for-you giving talk scripts you can use before handing out the offering basket next Sunday.
Okay, let get started!
10 Tithe And Offering Message Ideas
Giving is about way more than giving. When you’re talking about money in your church feel free to dig deeper into topics like generosity, trust, faith, serving, love and financial stewardship to name a few…
Here are 10 quick outlines based on 10 different offering scriptures. Feel free to add your own twist and add in any personal stories or illustrations you think will help get your message across.
1. Giving grows into lives changed
Did you know you are alive and well today because of the seeds someone else has sown?
What did you eat this morning? Where did it come from?
The food we eat that gives us energy, that helps us to grow and stay strong starts with a farmer and a bag of seeds.
In faith he plants those small seeds into the ground, they grow into a huge harvest and 100’s of people can eat as a result.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (The Message) says this:
“This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you.
He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
Our wallet is like that bag of seeds. When we plant the seed in good we will see a harvest.
Though our harvest is not wheat or corn – it’s people encountering God for the first time. It’s hearts being changed. Lives being transformed. All glory to God!
2. Love gives
John 3:16 is a verse most of know well but have you ever thought about it in terms of giving?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God gave His only son. Why? Because He loves us and that love meant he had to do something. Love requires an action.
In the same way you give someone a gift, not because they expect it or you feel obligated to give it, but because you love them. It’s the natural response.
In a moment an offering basket is going to pass by but before they do I just want to say, don’t give out of a feeling of obligation or routine, but give because you love the vision of this church, give because you love this city and want to see them reached for Christ.
3. Give only because you want to
Did if he have to? No. Did someone have to twist his arm to make him do it? No, the opposite.
Jesus purposed in His heart to become a sacrifice for us, He was determined to restore us back to God. There was no stopping Him.
As Christ-followers here today, let’s follow his example. No one’s telling you you have to give. There’s not going to be someone waiting for you at the door on the way out telling you to empty your pockets.
But if you want to give, we’re going to give an opportunity for that this morning.
I like what 2 Cor 9: 6-7 says:
“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Don’t give today because you feel you have to, but do give if that’s something you’ve decided you’re going to do.
4. Give God the corners
Today I want to take a quick look at Leviticus 23:22 because I think there’s a great principle here that we can apply to our tithes and offerings.
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.”
Why did God tell the Israeli farmers they couldn’t harvest the whole field? It didn’t make much business sense – it was like leaving money on the ground!
(You’ll notice they still planted seed right to the edges but then didn’t harvest it.)
I believe God was trying to teach them something – always leave space for God. Our tithing is like that. We don’t need to hold tightly onto single $1 we make. Instead like the Israeli farmers, we need to give the corners to Him.
This is where the real blessing is! Our tithe is giving room for God to move, it opens up possibilities for God to bless us.
5. $0.02 more than $1 million?
“Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions.
One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents.
Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.”
However much you’re giving today, know this: God is not looking at what’s in your hands but what’s in your heart.
6. Give like an angel investor
Angel investors invest because
- They like the owner and them to be successful
- They like the business and want it to be successful
Give today because you love God and you love kingdom and you want His kingdom to be successful.
7. Generous people live it large
I love this verse out of Proverbs 11:24-25:
“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”
Have you ever noticed that?
If you’ve ever watched the Christmas Carol you’ll see what happened when Scrooge turns from a miserable self-centered banker sitting alone to count his money to the exact opposite; a grateful and generous giver starts seeing the needs of those around him. He went from living a small stingy life to living a wide open generous one overnight.
Obviously this is a story of two extremes but we see here in Proverbs that generosity is the key to a wide open spacious life – it gets you thinking outside of yourself and brings a real freedom and a joy.
So whether it be with your finances, your time or your energy – start saying yes to be generous and endless possibilities will open up, your world will indeed get bigger.
8. Tithing = God 1st
Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) says “The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.”
Wow – you don’t get much clearer than that!
We don’t give God money because He needs it, but rather because it teaches us to put God first, above all else. I give my tithes and offerings because I’ve made a conscious decision to keep God my number one. It’s all setting priorities.
9. You give for a reason
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 Paul says this:
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Everything we do, the time and effort we give to serve, the money we give is for a reason. We’re all here today for a purpose.
The greeters standing by the door when you came in, the Kids Church volunteers working downstairs, the worship team who spent time practicing and who were here before anyone else didn’t do all that because they had nothing else better to do…
No, they do it because they believe in the vision of the church in making the name of Jesus famous in this city.
When you give, when you financially support this church, it’s not out of guilt or trying to get God to like us more – it’s to impact this community for Christ.
When you give money to this church you are helping to reach the unreached, love the unloved and give hope to the hopeless. You’re playing a part in helping teenagers, retirees, whole families come to the amazing love of God.
That’s why we do what we do, because we’re making a difference.
10. Rich people, be generous
Did you know in 1 Timothy 6:17-18 the Bible talks directly to rich people? It says:
“Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them.”
Now obviously this is only talking to millionaire billionaires flying out in private jets right?
The truth is, whether you feel like it or not, if you live in the US you’re richer than 95% of people on the planet.
So don’t put your trust in your annual salary of investments but rather put your trust in God who is generous and faithful.
50+ FREE done-for-you giving talk scripts
Can I tell you something we don’t usually talk about?
The offering message is 2 of the most important minutes of your service because these minutes fund all the other ones.
That’s the truth.
Which is exactly why I’m making these offering message scripts available today (yes, they’re free).
Take them, use them and make your next giving talk the best one yet!
I do hope these tithes and offering message ideas have helped ignite inspiration and creative ideas you can use in your church. Feel free to share your ideas, thoughts or suggestions in the discussion below.