God’s Perfect Plan for Church Finance
Money is needed for most of the things we do. This is true in the church as well as in our personal lives. It is the work of the church to (1) Preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark ,16; 1 Timothy ,15), (2) Edify the saved (Matthew 28:20; Ephesians -16), and (3) Help the needy (Galatians
; James 1:27). This work requires money. How can the church get the money to carry out the work God has given it to do?
The Plans of Men
Denominational churches, established by men, have devised many schemes for raising money. Some of them run businesses, such as selling second-hand clothing, and use the profits for church work. Others raise money by having fairs or festivals where members pay for food or entertainment. The profits go to the work of the denomination. Some churches established by men even use gambling to raise funds. They have games such as bingo or raffles and sell “chances” to people who hope to win something. These methods are worldly. They appeal to the selfish nature of man. There is NO authority in God’s Word for such schemes (Isaiah ; Colossians ; Jude 3; Revelation , 19).
God has given a plan by which His
church can finance the work He has given it to do. God’s plan is recorded in I Corinthians 16:1,2:
“Now concerning the collection for the
saints, as! have given order to the churches of
Please notice the parts of God’s perfect plan:
(1) WHAT? “The collection for the saints.” (2) WHEN? “Upon the first day of the week.” (3) WHO? “Every one of you.” (4) DO WHAT? “Lay by him in store.” (5) HOW MUCH? “As God hath prospered him.” (6) WHY? “That there be no gatherings when I come.”
Paul was collecting money from
Gentile churches to help the poor in
Is This Binding Today?
God has given a perfect pattern for
the work, worship, and organization of His church. This plan is to be followed in all places, in
all ages, until Christ comes again (Jude
3). Concerning the things Paul wrote
in his letter to the Corinthians, he said: “If
any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that
the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37). First Corinthians
was addressed, not only to the church at
God’s way is best! His plans works, if it is put into practice! If we will follow God’s plan for church finance, His church will have all the money it needs to do all the work God wants it to do!
Gift of churches of Christ – Not to be sold
For a Free Bible Correspondence Course
Truth For The World
Web Page: http://www.tftw.org