Bible Verses to Help Make the Offering a More Meaningful Part of the Worship Service12 min read

Our offerings are an act of worship. The offering during the worship service provides believers the opportunity to respond in gratitude to the grace, love, and mercy of God and to put their faith and trust in the Lord into action. The offering to God each Sunday is an act of worship just like confessing the Creed, singing the hymns, hearing the sermon, and engaging in prayer. The following Bible verses will provide encouragement for your members to give and will help them grow in their understanding of biblical stewardship.

It is suggested that you intersperse Old Testament and New Testament verses throughout the year. The following list provides a large number of giving verses, but it is not an exhaustive list. Hopefully, you will over time add more verses to this list.

Here is a suggestion for use in the bulletin folder:


“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).



The following giving and stewardship Bible verses are provided in the English Standard Version (ESV) translation.

Genesis 4:4 – “And Abel brought the best, the choicest parts of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering.”

Genesis 8:20 – “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”

Exodus 23:19 – For the three annual festivals, Moses tells the people, “The best of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.”

Exodus 35:4-5 – “Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, ‘This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord’s contribution …’”

Exodus 25:1 – “The Lord said to Moses, “‘Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves Him you shall receive the contribution for Me.’”

Exodus 35:21 – “And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for its service, and for the holy garments.”

Leviticus 27:30 – “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.”

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.”

Deuteronomy 16:16b, 17 – “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.”

1 Chronicles 29:11 – “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head above all.”

1 Chronicles 29:14 – King David said, “But who am I and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?  For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”

Psalm 4:5 – “Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.”

Psalm 54:6 – “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.”Stewardship 2 with credit

Psalm 56:12 – “I must perform my vows to You, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.”

Psalm 61:8 – “So will I ever sing praises to Your name, as I perform my vows day after day.”

Psalm 96:7-8 –“Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!”

Psalm 100:4 – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!”

Psalm 110:3 – “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.”

Psalm 116:12-14 – “What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people.”

Proverbs 3:9 – “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce.”

Proverbs 11:24 – “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”

Proverbs 11:25 – “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

Proverbs 28:27 – “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:23-24 – “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

Matthew 6:19-20 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:25 – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

Matthew 23:23 – “Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done without neglecting the others.”

Matthew 25:40 – “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’”

Mark 8:35-36 – “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

Stewardship 1 with creditLuke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 7:36-38 – “One of the Pharisees asked [Jesus] to eat with him and He went into the Pharisee’s house and took His place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask f ointment, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment.”

Luke 12:15 – “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.’”

Luke 12:48b – “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

Luke 16:11 – “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth (money), who will entrust to you the true riches?”

Luke 19:1-8 – “And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich … and Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.’”

Luke 21:1-4 – “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Acts 4:32-35 – “Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.”

Acts 20:35b – [Jesus said,] “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Romans 12:13 – “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”

1 Corinthians  6:19-20 – “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit with you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

1 Corinthians 16:2 – “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.”

2 Corinthians 8:3-5 – “For [the Macedonians] gave according to their means. As I can testify and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”

2 Corinthians 8:7 – “But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.”

2 Corinthians 8:12-13 – “For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that they may be fairness.”

2 Corinthians 9:6 – “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

2 Corinthians 9:-7 – “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

2 Corinthians 9:11 – “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:12 – “For the ministry of this service (giving) is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:15 – “Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”

Galatians 6:9-10 – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Philippians 4:18 – “I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.”

1 Timothy 6:10-11 – “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. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.”

1 Timothy 6:17-18 – “As for the rich in this present age, charge them no 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 that which is truly life.”

Hebrews 6:10 – “For God is not unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

Hebrews 13:15-16 – “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

James 1:25 – “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

1 Peter 4:10 – “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

1 John 3:17 – “But if anyone has the world’s good and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart again him, how does God’s love abide in him.”



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About the Author

Ron Chewning serves as Chairman of the Michigan District Stewardship Committee. Previously he served as the East Coast Regional Vice President for the LCMS Foundation. In the late 1990s, Chewning developed and began Stewardship Advisors, which produces and provides year-round stewardship education resources to congregations. He is a member of Our Shepherd, Birmingham.

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Kaewa - March 30, 2019

thank you very much for this one, It was really helpful to me in my college which is Tangintebu Theological College. thank you again, God bless all of you

Blessings Godfrey - April 14, 2019

am blessed. thank you

Blessings Godfrey
Malawi, Africa.

TOM JUMA - April 18, 2019

Going through the verses on offering has been a blessing.
God bless you

Ishibwami J Mamboleo - April 20, 2019

Good job it is inspiring


Shalom am blessed.

Lemmy Mwiinga - June 23, 2019

I am blessed with these verses indeed. God bless you.

Theresa - July 9, 2019

Indeed these verses are so helpful to our Christian walk. GOD bless you !

Patrick Shapi - July 13, 2019

Very uplifting indeed. God bless you.

Bernadeth Remotigue - July 26, 2019

Thank you Lord Jesus for all this verses I read.

Ray Cootz - July 27, 2019

Thank you for this compilation. This will help us go beyond Malachi 3:10 every Sabbath! Mr Ray – Tanzania Africa.

Zacheo Lotha - August 3, 2019

Thankyou very much. Its really help me to share in my college and to all God’s People.

Terry F.Williams - August 9, 2019

I’m Grateful thanks be to GOD for his mercy I’m blessing today for reading this bible verses.

Eddie - March 11, 2020

Thank you for the relevant information verses it is so helpful to me

Olanipekun George - April 2, 2020

These materials are quite relevant and useful.
I so much appreciate your help

Charity - June 26, 2020

Ooh praise God for all word done through this bible verses to encourage us in our Christian journey in order to do offering. It’s really appreciated 🙏🙏

Margaret minyoso - September 2, 2020

The verses are realy a blessing to me and i really appreciate Thank you

Troy Louis - September 8, 2020

Excellent verses! A life changing verses I`ve read.


A E van Heerden - October 18, 2020

I have had my doubts lately that the collection of offerings during the church service is unacceptable. I feel that money should not be handled in the church. If you give an offering before close of service it feels as if you are paying for the message delivered by the pastor. Dropping it in an offering box before entering the church seems like paying an entrance fee. I regurarly give my tithe as well as a an extra amount for missions. Is offerings during the service really necessary? The answer that you give an offering in answer to the message from God and as a consecration also do not convince me. Is offering during church services really necassary?

Response from Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wolfram
The short answer is that Christians follow the example of God’s people throughout the Old Testament who brought their tithes and offering into the storehouse. One example of this is from Malachi 3:10 where God says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” Storehouse refers to the treasury rooms of the Lord’s temple.”

Christians today bring their tithes and offerings for the Lord to the local storehouse where they are fed on Word and Sacrament. Weekly, when the body of Christ gathers at their local storehouse, they receive God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament and offer their sacrificial gifts of worship and praise and thanksgiving. That is inclusive of their tithes and offerings. These are all given to the Lord in worship of Him and in response for His blessings. Collectively, these gifts are used for the Lord’s work in and through that storehouse. Part of that work is the support of His workers.

Other than bringing offerings to the Lord in His house as an act of worship I am not aware of where else I would offer them.

James obiefuna - November 15, 2020

I am bless with the verses

Siphiwe Masina - December 10, 2020

Thank you for empowering and enlightening us on offering. Regards

Julius simiyu tianyi. - January 19, 2021

Very encouraging message

Brandy Banda - January 25, 2021

Thank you so much for this important information. I wanted to gain understanding of building an altar through tithes and offering, this has really helped me a lot.
Thanks once again
Brandy Banda. Zambia- 25 January 2021

Hans Bless Thomas - February 12, 2021

Thanks for the information on offering I am blessed by your teachings

Barbara Robbins - March 5, 2021

Thank you Jesus for giving you the knowledge to help other in they’re giving! All these scriptures will help my ministries.
Thank you.
Pastor Barbara A Robbins

Denise - April 11, 2021

Thanks for the inspirational bible verses to make offering part of christianity.

Abraham Abuu Tena - April 15, 2021 educative

Simon Lulenga - April 26, 2021

Praise the Lord dear man of God? May I know what time is appropriate for offerings? Is it before, within or after praise and worship? Thank you may God bless you so much!

Offerings are received as an act of worship to the Lord. As such, they are appropriate at any time during worship. In today’s pandemic world they are received before or after formal worship as people enter or depart. They are also received from online formats and acknowledged during worship. Within the liturgy of the Church the offering is traditionally received after the general prayers. The when of the offerings reception is not critical. Please remember that the offering is a sacrificial gift to the Lord received from the giver and not collected or taken. The congregation receiving those gifts uses them for the ministry of the family of believers in that place.

Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wolfram, D. Min.

Edu - May 4, 2021

These passages were motivational. I even share some of them with the church, and they were thankful for such piece.

Godwin Bitrus - May 8, 2021

Thanks A lot For Taking Time To Outline The Bible Verses About Offering & Giving, It Makes My Research Easier,The Lord Bless You & Increase Your Ministry Pst Bitrus Jos Nigeria

Ellen Hazvinei Ndonga - June 20, 2021

Thank you for the versed and the teaching

Pilirani Makhaki Kabango - July 29, 2021

These verses are very helpful. I am really blessed. They have made my preparations of offering message very easy. May God continue revealing more to you man of God.
Or. Pilirani Kabango, Malawi, Africa

Kasichila Simwanza - August 1, 2021

I thank God through my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for powerful verses about offering and tithes. I have no doubt that these verses will significantly change my perception about offerings and I pray to the Almighty that Lord, if you are willing take away my misunderstanding about offerings and make me a cheerful giver. To the author, I have nothing to give you but simply pray for the blessings of the almighty to be upon you and your family. Thank you very much.

Sir Eryk Bazil Jnr - August 7, 2021

Thanks a million for this hard work you have put on air for those who cares to benefit from. It’s satisfies my longing and search concerning givings. The I AM bless you real good, in Jesus name

Eryk B. Jnr - August 7, 2021

Pls, Sir which Bible versions do you quote the Bible verses from?

Eryk, thank you for your questions. The Michigan District, LCMS uses the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.

Cephas Nartey - August 23, 2021

May the Lord continue to bless you

Mrs MJ Dladla - August 24, 2021

Thank you so much for such wonderful offering. Nd tithing verses teachings I’ll stand with confidence when given a chance in my church to share about offering. May God richly bless you and protect u nd give you more wisdom in these teachings.

JOSEPH ITA - November 13, 2021


Dorothy Quaye - March 4, 2022

Thanks so much I’m Blessed. May God Almighty bless you with more spiritual Blessings Amenoooo.

Tony Kummer - March 26, 2022

I know this is an older blog post but just came across it in searching Bible verses for a Sunday School lesson – fyi I love the scripture cartoon illustrations. Those should be mandatory in the church bulletin!

I like Matthew 6:25 from the Message (paraphrase) “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.”