As we have come to this revelation of how God has been leading us to make these changes in our lives, we also began discovering things in God's Word that had not been taught to us in the same way the Holy Spirit is teaching it to us.
John 14:26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. "Something that we all worked hard on is the New Testament Giving. How did the early Christians give? Did they use shiny gold offering plates? Did they pass them from row to row? Did they have the ushers give the "Put something in the plate nod"? Who did they give the offering to? What did Jesus say they were to give the offering to? Are there examples of how the early Christians gave?
1 John 2:27, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. "
We see many gatherings today come together and take an offering in different ways, but the above mentioned is the one I have seen the most in 'churches' today. So we felt challenged by the Holy Spirit to find out, right from the Bible, how they really gave.
We began our study by using a concordance, a dictionary, and a chain reference study Bible. We looked up the words give, offering, tithe, fatherless and widows, and strangers. These are words most often thought of when we think of giving. The ones that may stand out the most by our knowledge of what we have learned in modern churches today.
I will share a few of the verses God gave us in this article, but before I share more I wondered if you wanted to join in this study? Feel free to look up some verses and see what you find too. The comment section is open to those who would like to participate. I will publish the comments that have verses they found about giving, but comments that provoke a debate will be held until after the study is complete. We will then create an article at the end of the study for further discussion. For now let's just dig into God's Word together.
Benevolence, a form of love by giving.
Matthew 5:42: "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." Luke 3:11: "He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise." Luke 12:33: "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth." Acts 20:35: "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." Romans 12:13: "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." Galatians 6:10: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." 1 Timothy 6:18: "That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;"
The word 'communicate' in 1 Timothy 6:18 in the Greek is: Koinonikos
The definition is: inclined to make others sharers in one's possessions, inclined to impart, free in giving, liberal.
So we found how important it is to God that we help others who are in need.
1. Don't turn away those who need to borrow. Of course I would imagine we need to use discernment in this. If someone wanted to borrow money to buy something frivolous we might decline, but if someone needed help because they needed food it would be encouraged by the Lord.
2. If you had two of something and a friend was in need of it then give it.
3. Sell unnecessary items and give alms. Alms giving is giving to the poor.
4. Support the weak.
5. Distributing to the needs of the Believers. A gathering of believers that has wealthy Christians and poverty stricken Christians should not be so. You'll find in a future lesson what God's Word says about that.
6. Do good to all men, especially Believers!
7. Be ready to give.
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