15 powerful sermons on giving—inspiration for pastors

For pastors, preparing their next sermon on giving can be a challenge. They know giving can be a sensitive topic. In fact, 44 percent of Americans say that personal finance is the most difficult subject to discuss with others, even more than politics, religion, or death! 

The truth is that your church members benefit from meaningful sermons on stewardship and biblical financial principles. As they begin to understand and apply these principles to their lives, they will begin to develop a heart of generosity, which is a key step in every person’s discipleship journey. In the end, it also helps maintain the overall health of your congregation.

Because “giving” is such a broad topic, we’ve broken these sermons down into four categories:

  1. Sermons on giving
  2. Sermons on stewardship
  3. Sermons on finances
  4. Sermons on tithes

If you’re a pastor preparing your next money-related sermon, take some time to watch the following powerful sermons. We hope these powerful, biblical sermons will inspire you and provide ideas for teaching your congregation how to be better stewards and develop a heart of generosity.

Sermons on giving

Hearts of generosity” by Pastor Matt Chandler

Pastor Matt Chandler is a dynamic American pastor from The Village Church, author, and speaker known for his bold and uncompromising preaching style. In his lead pastor role, he has guided a vibrant and growing community of believers with a strong emphasis on biblical truth and discipleship.

How did the early church foster a culture of radical generosity, and what would it look like if Christians today had that same kind of giving attitude? In his sermon on giving, Pastor Chandler challenges us to take a look at what we truly value, move away from a “scarcity mindset” to a “generosity mindset,” and take account of how we are using the gifts that God has given us. 

Once we create margins for radical generosity and start giving to others, we can experience new joy and satisfaction in our lives. 

Living on leftovers” by Pastor Levi Lusko

Pastor Levi Lusko and his wife Jennie are lead pastors at from Fresh Life Church as well as accomplished authors, sharing inspiring messages about Jesus and the transformative power of His grace. They have a heart for spreading the radical and life-changing message of Jesus to impact lives across the world.

Pastor Lusko teaches lessons from Genesis 13, the story of Abraham and Lot. It’s easy to think that the grass is always greener on the other side. Some people even excuse themselves from giving because they’re always wishing they had more from which to give. 

God blessed Abraham because of his faith in God's provision. Abraham’s treatment of his nephew provides an example for how we should live a life marked by a spirit of generosity.

It’s all about the heart” by Pastor Robert Morris

Dr. Robert Morris is a renowned pastor and author, known for his dynamic leadership and unwavering commitment to sharing the gospel. As the founder and senior pastor of Gateway Church, he has become a leading voice in the Christian community, inspiring countless individuals to deepen their faith and walk more closely with God.

In part one of his sermon series entitled “The Blessed Life,” Pastor Morris teaches that giving is about more than money—it’s a heart issue. Giving without any expectation of getting something in return will uproot greed and selfishness from our lives. Understanding this requires dealing with a selfish heart, and then developing a generous and grateful heart.

Excel in the grace of giving” by Pastor Shawn Johnson

Sermons on giving are known to evoke a wide range of emotions, from excitement to irritation. Those who are feeling blessed with much are often excited about opportunities to give. However, people who are struggling financially can feel frustrated when pastors preach about giving. 

Pastor Shawn from Red Rocks Church knows from his experience that this tension is real. Money problems are one of the top reasons for incarceration and divorce. In this sermon on giving, he explains how excelling in anything requires learning the basic principles, practicing them, and eventually growing stronger. The same applies to developing and strengthening our spirit of generosity.

Sermons on stewardship

The meaning of stewardship” by Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is a renowned pastor, author, and Bible teacher. As the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, he has dedicated his life to sharing the gospel and empowering believers around the world. Through his powerful preaching, dynamic leadership, and unwavering commitment to biblical truth, Dr. Evans has encouraged countless individuals to deepen their faith and walk more closely with God.

What do we see around us that God did not create? What do we own that God did not give to us? Dr. Tony Evans explains how Christians need to understand that God is the rightful owner of everything—we own nothing.

Mankind was created to manage all that God places in our hands, and we have to make a decision to be a good manager or a bad manager. God is looking for people who will be good stewards and manage what he has given us according to his commands.

How to be a good steward” by Dr. R.C. Sproul

How do we manage our time? What does our budget look like? Dr. R.C. Sproul was a guiding light in the world of theology, serving as a personal mentor to countless individuals seeking a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. His humble approach to teaching, coupled with his innovative insights, inspired a generation of believers to pursue theological excellence.

Dr. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries, gave a powerful sermon on stewardship as a spiritual discipline, focusing on how we should manage our resources—including our time, finances, and possessions—for God’s glory.

Right on the money” by Pastor Jonathan Fletcher

Money plays an important part in everyone’s lives. Pastor Fletcher from Manna Church preaches about the principles of stewardship. 

Starting with how we should view our possessions as gifts from the Lord, Jonathan then goes on to explain what a steward is, what is expected of us as stewards, and how we will be held accountable for how well we invest our lives.

Sermons on finances

Money matters” by Pastor Andy Stanley

Pastor Andy Stanley is a prominent American pastor, author, and communicator. Known for his practical and relevant teaching style, Stanley has a gift for making complex biblical concepts accessible to a wide audience.

Part four of the “Guardrails'' series shared at North Point Community Church, this sermon on finances focuses on Jesus’ statement in Matthew 6:24 that no one can serve both God and money. Pastor Andy explains that people can be completely out of debt, lots of money in the bank, and still be a financial wreck. “Do we have money, or does money have us?” 

Watch and learn from these lessons from Jesus’ teaching on our heart attitude about money.

Five key financial principles for giving” by Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr.

Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr. is a wise and humble leader serving as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Glenarden. With his innovative approach to ministry, he has guided the church to become a beacon of hope and transformation in the community. Pastor Jenkins's deep theological understanding and compassionate heart are evident in his preaching, inspiring countless individuals to grow in their faith and experience the love of God.

Pastor Jenkins, from First Baptist Church Glenarden, delivers a sermon on five financial principles from powerful stories found in the Bible. 

  1. Honor God with your first fruits (Proverbs 3:9–10)
  2. Give your best (2 Samuel 24:18–25)
  3. Give obediently (1 Samuel 15:3–22)
  4. Give honestly (Acts 5:1–11)
  5. Give expectantly (2 Corinthians 9:6–8)

Trusting God with our finances requires believing God’s word and taking a step of faith.

How to build a strong financial foundation” by Pastor Rick Warren

Pastor Rick Warren is a highly influential American pastor, author, and global advocate for spiritual and social causes. He gained worldwide recognition for his bestselling book, "The Purpose Driven Life," which has sold millions of copies and been translated into multiple languages. As the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, Warren has dedicated his ministry to promoting practical and purposeful living, and his commitment to addressing societal issues has made him a respected leader in both religious and humanitarian circles.

Pastor Warren takes a look at six financial laws in the Bible that can help build a strong financial foundation. He teaches how following these can reduce financial stress, prevent getting overwhelmed with debt, and help multiply what we’ve been given.

God and our money” by Dr. Charles Stanley

Dr. Charles Stanley was a prominent American pastor, author, and televangelist. He  dedicated his life to preaching and teaching the Word of God, emphasizing the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His warm and compassionate demeanor, coupled with his deep biblical knowledge, made him a trusted and beloved figure in the Christian community.

Many people feel very stressed about their personal finances. In this sermon on finances, Dr. Stanley covers wisdom found in scripture about making investments, how to view our belongings, and God’s promises about money when we follow his principles.

 Sermons on tithes

The truth about tithing” by Pastor Francis Chan

Are Christians required to tithe? Is that even the right question we should be asking? Pastor Francis Chan is a well-known Christian leader, author, and speaker known for his passionate and unapologetic preaching, challenging believers to pursue a radical and authentic relationship with God. With a humble and engaging style, Chan has inspired countless individuals to deepen their faith, seek biblical truth, and live out the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Francis Chan uses his sermon on tithing to challenge us to not tithe begrudgingly out of a sense of requirement. Instead, as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6–7, we should give joyfully, wholeheartedly, and with a cheerful heart.

Does God command us to tithe today?” by Pastor Halim Suh 

Halim Suh, Pastor of Teaching and Theology at The Austin Stone, shares a moving sermon on tithing that teaches how giving and generosity act as a kryptonite to the greed that hides inside of our hearts.

How we give reflects our heart's gratitude for all that God has given us.

"A Christian or disciple?" by Pastor Steve Smothermon

Why do some Christians tithe while others don’t? Pastor Smothermon, lead pastor at Legacy Church, takes a look at what Jesus taught his followers about tithing and being disciples. He explains that Jesus called us to be disciples by teaching about sin, sacrifice, and stewardship. 

We should give because we honor God, obey God, and purpose to follow God. Pastor Steve challenges his church to be disciples who follow Christ at all costs.

Thoughts on tithing” by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a highly recognized American author, radio host, and financial expert. He is best known for his no-nonsense approach to personal finance, providing practical advice on budgeting, debt management, and wealth-building strategies to millions of people worldwide through his books, radio show, and live events.

When it comes to money and the Bible, people have a lot of questions! What is a tithe? What does the Bible teach on tithes and offerings, and what’s the difference? Should someone skip their house payment to pay their tithes? 

Dave's tithes and offering sermon tackles these questions and offers a clear explanation of what the tithe is, and what it is not. 

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Jeff Harvey, Guest Author

Jeff lives in Austin, TX and is a husband, father, and bonsai enthusiast. He’s served churches for over 20 years as a pastor, teacher, and missionary. He also holds a MBA from George Fox University and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

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