Rise let us use our money wisely

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Arise let us build:

Arise let us build With the Lord’s Funds!

Points to Ponder:

Points to Ponder Is a local congregation authorized to gather funds? How is the church to collect these funds? For what may these funds be used? What, if any, restrictions are placed on a congregation? Practical considerations for use of church funds: Kitchens, fellowship halls Building elaborate buildings Common blunders in congregational spending

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If the Lord’s church is authorized to collect funds then they are the Lord’s funds! Preliminary consideration: We are simply stewards!

Authorization for gathering funds!:

Authorization for gathering funds!

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. Events of Pentecost give rise to financial needs! 3000 baptized Every nation present Converts linger in Jerusalem Almost immediately financial crisis set in Giving spirit of the first Christians becomes evident Apostles oversee collection and distribution of funds

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Local converts assist displaced converts Acts 2:45 . . . and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. Acts 4:34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold , 35 and laid them at the apostles' feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. Authorization for gathering funds. Apostles authorized gathering of funds!

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. Natural disasters bring further need to collect funds And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. Then one of them, named Agabus , stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul . (Acts 11:27-30 NKJV ) c. 44 AD

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. Church authorized to help other congregations 1Cor 16:1-4 (c. 55 AD) Now concerning the collection for the saints , as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: 2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside , storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. 3 And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem .

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. Church commanded to support Evangelists Php 4:15-16 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only . 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities . 2Co 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. 1Cor 9:14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. Church authorized to support widows indeed 1Timothy 5:3 (9)(16) Honor widows who are really widows . . . Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man , 10 well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work . . . If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows.

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. Church authorized to support Elders 1Timothy 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor , especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. 18 For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

Authorization for gathering funds.:

Authorization for gathering funds. A quick review of specifically authorized collections! Poverty stricken saints (at home and away) Other congregations. Preachers/Evangelists of the gospel. Widows who meet strict qualifications. Elders who labor in preaching.

Authorized ways of gathering funds!:

Authorized ways of gathering funds!

Methods of gathering funds:

Methods of gathering funds New Testament Teaching : Goods sold and money voluntarily given (Acts 2:44-45) Good’s sold and money laid at apostles feet (Acts 4:35) As each had ability they gave (Acts 11:29) Every 1 st day of the week each to lay aside (1 Cor 16:1) As one has been prospered (1 Cor 16:1-2)

Methods of gathering funds:

Methods of gathering funds Observations : Money ALWAYS collected from members Money NEVER collected from non-Christians Money ALWAYS collected via free will offerings. Money NEVER collected via business ventures. Money ALWAYS collected for Lord’s work. Money NEVER collected for extra curricular activities.

Authorized collections parallel the mission of the church!:

Authorized collections parallel the mission of the church!

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church:

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church Four basic functions of the church: Evangelization of the world Money spent for evangelists and preachers Edification of its own Money spent for elders who labor in the word Relief of its own needy Money spent for needy saints and widows indeed Assembly of own for worship ??? (assembly required but funds not necessarily needed)

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church:

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church Observation: Three of the four functions of the church demand funds to be accomplished and are thus specifically regulated. Assembly of the saints, however , may or may NOT require funds and this may account for the lack of information given in scripture. Assembly is commanded but the particulars of “location” (etc.) are secondary ( Jn 4:21).

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church:

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church Specific and generic authority for the use of funds. Evangelization of the world Specific Authority Generic Authority Go Planes, trains, automobiles Preach Word, tracts, TV, Radio Send Preachers Who to send, where to send Support preachers How much Funds Needed and Funds Authorized

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church:

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church Specific and generic authority for the use of funds. Edification of its own Specific Authority Generic Authority Copies of Scripture (Col 4:16) via KJV, NKJV, NASB etc. Feed the flock Expository, Topical Elders who labor in word Amount of pay etc. Edify Power Point, Handouts Funds Needed and Funds Authorized

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church:

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church Specific and generic authority for the use of funds . Relief of its own Specific Authority Generic Authority Needy Saints Wisdom as to what constitutes Widows indeed Exact remuneration may vary Displaced saints Particulars may vary Natural Disasters Famine, Storm, etc. Funds Needed and Funds Authorized

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church:

Authorized collections fit the mission of the church Specific and generic authority for the use of funds. Assembly of its own Specific Authority Generic Authority Must assemble ( Heb 10:25) Home, under tree, arbor First day of week Time of day optional One undivided assembly Seating arrangement optional Place to assemble Donated, Purchased, Rented ?????????????

God authorizes obedience:

God authorizes obedience

God authorizes obedience:

God authorizes obedience Logic 101 God authorizes what it takes to carry out a command!

God authorizes obedience:

God authorizes obedience Requires Funds Evangelism Relief of Needy Edification May Require Funds Assembly of Saints Authorized to collect and spend funds! If NOT why NOT?

God authorizes obedience:

God authorizes obedience Four Categories of Authorized Church Work ! Four Categories of Authorized Collection and Spending !

God authorizes obedience:

God authorizes obedience Logic 201 God authorizes ownership of those “tools” necessary to carry out a command! However God does not authorize poor stewardship or purchase of the “wrong tools!”

The Tool Chest:

The Tool Chest

The Tool Chest:

The Tool Chest Evangelism The Command: Send out Evangelists (1 Cor 9) The Tools: Willing preachers Transportation, etc. Bibles, tracts, other supplies Money to provide the above mentioned.

The Tool Chest:

The Tool Chest Edification The Command: Assemble for edification (1 Cor 14) The Tools: Local Teachers and Elders (some supported) A place to assemble for edification Supplies needed to teach and edify. Money to provide the above mentioned.

The Tool Chest:

The Tool Chest Relief of needy s aints The Command: Care for its own poor (1 Cor 16) The Tools: Food and/or other necessities. Volunteers who are willing to serve. Money to purchase food etc.

The Tool Chest:

The Tool Chest Assembly The Command: Not forsaking the assembling. ( Heb 10:25) The Tools: A place of assembly What makes assembly possible (seats, pulpit, etc ) Money to supply the above tools.

The Tool Chest:

The Tool Chest Practical considerations; There are liberties in the what tools God allows. Different situations and localities may require different tools. The tools used must be subordinate to the command. Preaching the bible cannot be replaced with studying Tolstoy. Not all legitimate tools may be a good investment. Buying a jack hammer if a claw hammer will do. Should not own tools that do not fit the church’s mission. Purchasing a harvesting combine when one owns a bagel shop.

It’s an issue of ownership!:

It’s an issue of ownership!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a hotel? Is a hotel a necessary or authorized tool to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Lodging strangers is not a work of the corporate body! 1 Tim 5:10, Philemon 1:22 Wrong mission Wrong tool!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a bowling alley? Is a bowling alley a necessary or authorized tool to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Entertainment is not a work of the corporate body! (no command, example, or inference) Wrong Mission Wrong tool!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a Gymnasium? Is a gym a necessary or authorized tool to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Body building not a work of the church! (no authorization via command or example) Wrong Mission Wrong tool!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a pizza parlor? Is a pizza parlor a necessary or authorized tool to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Hospitality is a function of the home, not the church! (1 Cor 11:22, Acts 2:46, Rom 12:13, Philemon 1:22) Wrong Mission Wrong tool!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a coffee shop? Is a coffee shop a necessary or authorized tool to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Hospitality is a function of the home, not the church! (1 Cor 11:22, Acts 2:46, Rom 12:13, Philemon 1:22) Wrong Mission Wrong tool!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a soup kitchen? Is a soup kitchen necessary or authorized tool to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Helping unsaved poor is an individual work not congregational! (Mk 14:7, Gal 6:10) A soup kitchen, while a noble tool for individuals, actually detracts from the mission of the corporate church to “preach the gospel.” Wrong Mission Wrong Tool!

Its an issue of ownership!:

Wrong Mission Wrong Tool! Its an issue of ownership! May a congregation own/operate a church kitchen? Is a kitchen necessary or authorized to carry out: 1. Evangelism 2. Edification 3. Needy saints 4. Assembly Hospitality is an INDIVIDUAL (PRIVATE) FUNCTION, not a function of the church! (1 Cor 11:22, Acts 2:46, Rom 12:13, Philemon 1:22) “Congregational potlucks” do not fulfill the command to be hospitable. ???

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! So what about that “church kitchen?” What the issue is NOT ! The issue is NOT if Christians can eat in a meeting house. The issue is NOT if Christians can have a potluck together. What then IS the issue? The issue is ownership. May a congregation own or spend money on that which is not directly related to its biblical mission?

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! So what about that “church kitchen?” What about individuals donating a stove and refrigerator, or donating thousands of dollars for rooms or add-ons not needed to fulfill its mission? Since it is by generic authority that we believe buildings are authorized in the first place, then it seems logical that local autonomous decisions will have to be made by the leadership regarding things IN/ON the church property! Once donated, whose property is it?

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! Can we build a kitchen in a new building if it’s no added expense? What if we get a great “deal” on a building that already has a kitchen? The issue is NOT how much something costs! The issue is “ what can the church own .”

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! When making any decision such as this some questions should be considered! How will this impact the congregation? Will it violate the conscience of anyone in the church? Will it portray the wrong image to the community? Will it deter individual responsibilities? Will it turn the “Lord’s House” into a “den of thieves?”

Its an issue of ownership!:

Its an issue of ownership! So what are we really saying? Congregations should be careful with the Lord’s money. Obviously some liberty is inherent in the nuances of spending and using church finances. Pharisaic attitudes and hair splitting are not helpful BUT we must never violate the scriptures. Expenditures must be in keeping with the mission of the church.

Its also an issue of stewardship!:

Its also an issue of stewardship!

Its an issue of stewardship:

Its an issue of stewardship What about fancy buildings? Fancy is a relative (subjective) term. What is fancy to me may be plain to you. Wisdom must be used. Does the edifice . . . Accord with the mission of the church? Give off the wrong impression to the community? Use the Lord’s funds in the wisest way possible? Tie up all the churches monies due to a mortgage?

Its an issue of stewardship:

Its an issue of stewardship Fancy Buildings?

Its an issue of stewardship:

Its an issue of stewardship Considerations: Each congregation will give an account. One mold may not work for all areas. Congregational autonomy must prevail. Before we criticize lets look in the mirror.

Mistakes congregations make with the Lord’s money!:

Mistakes congregations make with the Lord’s money!

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Classifying “needy saint” too broadly! Again this is a judgment call but in scripture “needy” saint doesn’t seem to be someone who didn’t have money to pay their cable bill! We are not authorized to help those who won’t help themselves (2 Thes 2:10)

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Classifying “needy saint” too broadly! “One must learn to live within his means until he no longer has the means to live!” Clinton DeFrance

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Hoarding its funds: Money collected is meant to be USED! When the Lord returns he doesn’t want money, he wants souls! The only thing worse than not having enough money is having too much!

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Making commitments that its membership can’t fulfill! Some kind of budget must be in play. Long term commitments need to be made in view of projected congregational growth or decline!

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Owning unnecessary property. The church is NOT in the real estate business neither is it a “secular” or “legal” entity! The church is not authorized to own more than what is required to carry out is mission. Owned property becomes a headache due to maintenance, insurance, etc. In some situations property can take on denominational type baggage and be seen as the “headquarters” or “mission” of the Lord’s church.

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Changing locations at great expense when the “old” location worked. Naturally this is a decision of discretion Sometimes safety comes into play. BUT, Evangelism typically is not the product of the building or its location!

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Supporting the unworthy. Continued support of evangelists and preachers who have shown themselves unworthy by teaching false doctrine or living in immorality.

Mistakes congregations make!:

Mistakes congregations make! Paying “weekend warriors” to babysit! A viable congregation has its own teachers however qualified or unqualified they may be considered (Acts 13:1). Traveling congregational teachers are foreign to the New Testament pattern. Such an “office” drains treasuries and takes way monies from those who are legitimately doing the work of an evangelist.

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