Thoughts and Reflections
|Posted by WebMaster on May 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM|
In the book of Acts, Chapter 18 you will find is account
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
In many churches today preachers will site scriptures in Tithing. And just like Apollos, while what they are telling you is true and biblically sound, it is only part of the story. The sad part is that for the most part, this tactic of just telling their members to tithe is just not working. According to most national statistics 53% of Christians have not given to their church in the last month. Not only that, but church giving has not exceeded 3% as a portion of income in 40 years. Church members want to give, but they are so burdened by personal debt that tithing is difficult. If Pastors and other spiritual leaders really want their church to be the givers that God wants them to be, then they need to give their flock the whole story about how God wants us to relate to money.
Let take a look at the congregation, when you pull up you see a lot of nice car, but do you consider those nice care payments. You enter the doors and you see a nicely dressed congregation, but you don't see the credit card bills
Our members may seem to have plenty, but the majority of them are probably struggling to make it. With all of their bills-credit cards, student loans, car payments. mortages-they don't know how they can afford to give.
Sadly, 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. The reality is that church and charity giving isn't always a part of their budget. The result? Churches with limited resources for ministry progress, outreach and missions.
Church leaders need to rethink what messages they are giving their members about handling money God's Way. If these instructions are given the right way, and people learn that they don't need to try to impress their neighbors, then an amazing thing will start to happen with your congregation. You will see some of the following:
- Increase giving
- Develop a long-term plan for your church-without debt.
- Create church-wide energy and motivation to get right financially.
- Help repair marriages that are strained by financial problems.
- Make church financial decisions easier.
- Reduce pastoral counseling load.
- Develop and grow new leaders.
- Learn how to revive and renew the church.G
God the father has given his children, more than 800 Scriptures about money. Here are a few of the many verses that will help you understand how God views finances.
God the father has given his children, more than 800 Scriptures about money. However, my churches leaders only insist on telling part of the story. They insist on doing the same thing, the same way and expecting a different result. This will not work. Perhaps it's time for those churches that want to see change, to do something different, perhaps it's time to teach your people the how God wants them to handle money, riches and blessings, so that they can in turn become givers the way God wants them to. There are already several great Bible themed money management programs(Crown Financial, Momentum) , and those churches that have been using them, have seen a big difference in their congregation in terms of giving, and in turn of spiritual growth. Of course getting Church leaders to change is just a difficult as getting their members to change, in this age tradition often supersedes the word of God.
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