The House of God
Office of New Life C.O.M Donation Board
Listed below is the reason why we at New Life C.O.M believe in the concept of donations, and true gifts from God each time we do. We pray that as you read the message below, that you to will see, honor, and love to come forth and donate toward the ministry and programs that you believe will continue to change lives of those whom we continue to help.
The True Concept of Giving
In the first-century, the church in Jerusalem faced a time of desperate need. Paul collected money from several congregations to help the poor Christians in Jerusalem. He told the Corinthian church that their giving was evidence of their obedience to their “confession of the gospel” (2 Corinthians 9:13). He wanted them to give out of gratitude. He wanted them to give because they were in Christ.
This is why we say that our giving is an act of worship. We give because God has already given us – and continues to give us – an “inexpressible gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15) in Christ. We give to the church each week because we are incredibly grateful for what Christ has done for us
Every able-bodied Christian has a responsibility to work so that he can “provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household” (1 Timothy 5:8). And then beyond that, we have a responsibility to work so that we “have something to share with anyone in need” (Ephesians 4:28). We should see anything beyond our families’ necessities as belonging to our brothers and sisters who are in need.
If we have more than enough money to take care of our families, then we ought to be contributing regularly to help take care of our church family.
Paul said, “The Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14). Prophets, apostles, evangelists, shepherds and teachers were God’s gift to the church (Ephesians 4) and the church was taught that she had a responsibility to financially support their work of making disciples.
We should give because we have been recruited to the cause. We should want to support disciple-making in our own congregation, in our city, and in the remotest parts of the world. We should want every ear to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and to be taught everything Jesus has commanded. We should all see ourselves as a part of that mission.
I understand that Paul is giving specific instructions for a particular situation, but it seems to me that we should follow this teaching for the ongoing needs the church has today. After all, Paul gave the same instructions to the churches in Galatia (1 Corinthians 16:1). Don’t you suppose he would give us the same instructions today for supporting the needy and the ongoing disciple-making efforts of the church?
We should give on Sundays because we are devoted to following apostolic teaching. Jesus appointed Paul and the other apostles to give instructions about how to be Jesus’ church and we have no other instructions to go by. Wouldn’t it be presumptuous to say, “Well, that only pertained to that need at that time. I can do it another way”?
Personally, I would rather walk by faith and say, “If this is the way Jesus’ ambassadors told the first-century church to meet the needs of that time, then it is the way I will do it as well.”
With the wisdom and the love of God, we hope and pray that as you become more involved, and you begin to see all that God is doing within your, that your heart, and soul will come forth and donate so we can continue to help others in so many ways.
Your fellowship and donations truly means a lot, and it is by the grace of our Lord and Savior that will open up the doors of fellowship and the movement of transformation and empowerment.