Scriptures for Offering: 17 Verses on Giving

It’s every pastor’s least favorite thing to preach on.

For most of us, we’d like to avoid talking about giving at all costs. It feels awkward and we worry about being seen as selfish or even manipulative.

But there are over 2,300 verses in the Bible about money. Money has the possibility of propelling our spiritual lives or tearing it down.

As a pastor, shepherding how your church deals with their money is one of your most important jobs of discipleship. 

Here are 17 scriptures on money for your next sermon on giving or offering time.

Verses on Giving

PROVERBS 3:9
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.

2 CORINTHIANS 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

1 TIMOTHY 6: 9-10
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

person holding bills for offering

Verses about Generosity

DEUTERONOMY 15:10
You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

MATTHEW 6:26
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

2 CORINTHIANS 8:2-3
For in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord,

PHILIPPIANS 4:19
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Verses about Giving Sacrificially in Times of Hardship

2 CORINTHIANS 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

MARK 12:41-44
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Verses About How Giving Changes Us

PSALM 37:21
The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives;

HEBREWS 13:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

PROVERBS 21:26
Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!

MATTHEW 6:21
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Verses about Tithing

LEVITICUS 27:30
A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 

GENESIS 14:19-20
And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

DEUTERONOMY 14:22-23
You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

 

Encouraging your congregation to give is more important than just covering operating expenses. Money has a profound effect on our souls – if we hold onto it, it can kill our spiritual lives, but when we live generously, it can fuel our mission as believers.

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