Giving

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • How to give?
    • Willingly (II Corinthians 8:12)
    • Bountifully (II Corinthians 9:6)
    • Cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7)
    • Not grudgingly (II Corinthians 9:7)
    • Not of necessity (pressure) (II Corinthians 9:7)
  • Why give? To fill a need!
    • To provide things for assembly worship (Hebrews 10:24-25)
    • To provide for edification (Acts 20:28, 32)
    • To provide for evangelism (Philippians 4:15-16)
    • To provide for relief of certain needy saints (Acts 4:32-35)
    • If there is a benevolent need, saints are to give to fill that need.
    • There is a continuing need to provide a place for worship.
    • There is a continuing need to support preaching of the gospel to edify and save the lost.
    • Thus, there is a continuing need to give.
  • How much?
  • How is a church to raise funds with which to do its work?
    • There is authority for a church to raise funds with which to do its work by its members giving into a common fund on the first day of the week. There is no authority for a church to purpose to raise funds ANY other way to do ANY work God has given it to do.
  • Church funds
    • How raised?
      • Given by members
      • On first day of week
    • How used?
      • Provide for assembly
      • Provide for edification
      • Provide for evangelism
      • Provide for relief of needy saints

Hurricane Relief

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 3, 2017

  • Matthew 22:36
  • Loving our neighbors: helping those in need
    • Matthew 5:38-42
    • Luke 14:12-14; 10:27-37 – Make sure you are helping with the right motive. Do not help just to be seen by others, although sometimes others may see your good works and glorify God.
    • Acts 10:1-4; James 1:27
    • I Timothy 6:17-19
    • “Nobody gets to Heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.” – James Forbes
  • Loving God: following His plan for benevolence
    • The Bible makes a distinction between individual action and church action. I Timothy 5:16
      • An individual may help through money (Luke 10:35; Acts 10:4)
      • An individual may help through action (Luke 10:34; James 1:27)
      • A church can help its own needy members (Acts 4:32-35).
      • A church can send money to another church so that it can help its own needy members (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
      • But a church does not have authority to offer benevolence to the general public.
        • Acts 11:27-30
      • Also, a church cannot reorganize.
    • The wisdom of God’s plan
      • Philippians 1:27
      • John 6:34-35

Psalms, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 3, 2017

  • Psalms 35-40
  • Psalms 37:25 – Sometimes the righteous are left destitute for reasons beyond their control. However, God has a plan to help those who find themselves in this position through the church. If we trust in God’s arrangements and carry out his commands, those in need will be provided for.
  • Psalms 40:6-8 – This is a Messianic prophecy. Hebrews 10:5-10 quotes this and applies it to Christ.

II Corinthians, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 26, 2017

  • II Corinthians 9:8-15
  • II Corinthians 9:12 – Paul repeatedly states that the funds are specifically for relieving needy saints. There was a definite limit to the scope of the benevolence. It was directed only to the needy Christians in Jerusalem.
  • II Corinthians 9:13 – The benevolence served two purposes: relieving needy Christians and cementing the relationship between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians.

II Corinthians, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 12, 2017

  • II Corinthians 8:15-9:15
  • II Corinthians 8:16-22 – It was important that someone very trustworthy went along to handle the money to prevent suspicion of wrongdoing.
  • II Corinthians 8:19 – The money was specifically earmarked for helping needy saints, but the real purpose of giving was to glorify God.
  • II Corinthians 8:24 – Paul had already boasted about their love and generosity, so now they had to follow through.
  • II Corinthians 9:6-7 – Giving is equated to sowing seed. If you sow much, you will reap much. Therefore, give much and do so cheerfully. We are not to give out of compulsion. Some churches use this passage to compel their members to give more, but that is not an approach supported by scripture.

 

I Corinthians, Part 33

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 1, 2017

  • I Corinthians 16:1-24
  • I Corinthians 16:1-2 – Paul directs the Christians to set aside and save as each prospers. This is specifically talking about some kind of pooled treasury because otherwise it would defeat Paul’s stated purpose at the end of verse 2:  “so that there be no collections when I come.”
    • Some argue that this collection was not to preach the gospel, which is true. These funds in this case were specifically earmarked for benevolence.  Other scriptures tell us the treasury can be used for other needs, but this is the only passage that tells us how to get the money into the treasury.
  • I Corinthians 16:8-9 – Paul had found great opportunities for teaching in Ephesus. See Acts 19.
  • I Corinthians 16:23-24 – This is the best that we can wish for Christians anywhere.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 25, 2016

  • Discussion on how a church uses its money:
    • Philippians 4:15-16
    • In the New Testament, benevolence is sent church to church. Support to preach the gospel is sent directly to the receiving preacher.

 

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 22, 2016

  • Acts 24:17
  • In benevolence?
    • Provide livelihood for its own needy members (Acts 4:34-35; 6:1-6)
    • Send alms to another church that has more needy members than it can relieve so it can provide livelihood for its own needy members. I Corinthians 16:1-2; Romans 15:25-32; II Corinthians 8-9
    • The New Testament pattern is for one church to send money directly to another needy church. The elders of the receiving church are to disburse the funds.
    • Churches are not authorized in the New Testament to set themselves up as sponsoring churches so that they can collect money from many churches to use for benevolence.
    • Widow indeed (I Timothy 5:16)
  • In evangelism?
    • Philippians 4:15
    • Not sending money to another church so they can support preachers.
    • Send wages directly to the evangelist to provide his family’s livelihood (1 Corinthians 9:5:14; Philippians 4:15-16; 2 Corinthians 11:8-9)
    • Preachers should be supported for their work. I Corinthians 9:5-14
  • When money is given to a needy member to supply his livelihood, the scripture calls it alms.
  • When money is given to an evangelist to supply his livelihood, the scripture calls it wages.
  • It used to be common practice for a church to supply a house for the preacher as part of his wages.
  • Several times in the past, Benchley has sent one-time additional support to preachers for temporary needs they had.

Galatians, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 24, 2016

  • Galatians 6:1-18
  • Galatians 6:10 – Note that the context here does not include benevolence. The context concerns helping those who are caught in a trespass.  We are to help all that we encounter that are struggling with sin, but especially fellow Christians.
  • Galatians 6:11 – Some try to argue that Paul had large handwriting, indicating poor eyesight, but there is not much support for this. The Greek word translated “letter(s)” here means document, letter, or written law, which seems to indicate that Paul was referring to his volume of writing.

Galatians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 23, 2015

  • Galatians 1:13-2:10
  • Galatians 1:15 – Some believe that this verse is stating that God chose Paul from birth to preach to the Gentiles. It is possible that Paul is just using worshipful language of God.  See Acts 9:1-16.  God’s calling came to Paul later in life, but He did call Paul specifically to preach to the Gentiles.
  • Galatians 1:19 – James, the Lord’s brother was not one of the original 12 apostles. The word “apostle” just means one who is chosen and sent.  In this sense, James was an apostle in the same sense as Paul.
  • Galatians 2:2 – Paul compared the gospel he was preaching to what Peter, James, and John were preaching (see Galatians 2:9) and found they were in complete agreement.
  • Galatians 2:5 – Paul did not tolerate false teaching at all. He stood up to them and refuted their teaching.
  • Galatians 2:10 – Some try to use this passage to prove that the church should practice unlimited benevolence. The context, however, is preaching.  Peter, James, and John wanted Paul to make sure to bring the gospel to the poor.  Even if this passage is talking about benevolence, Paul was the one being instructed to do so – not the church!