Giving in the New Testament part 2

Someone asked me the other day what I do about 'giving' since we are not in a specific organized church. I shared some of what we have found in this study with her. I think many times we don't think about what Jesus said we are to do to help others. By the time most people give to their organized religion they don't have enough left over to help those who are in need.

How many churches really do help the needy in their fellowship? How many of our fellow brethren are suffering financially? How many Widows are low on food? How many of those sweet ladies can't use their air conditioning in the summer, because they can't afford their power bill? Shall we allow them to run the risk of overheating and being rushed to the hospital?

I think it's time we take this deep dive into scripture and find out just what our Saviour meant for us to do. Here are some additional verses that our fellowship came together and found.

Poor
Matthew 19:21: "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me."

Galatians 2:10: "Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do."
1. Sell what you have that you really don't need and give the money to the poor.
2. Remember the poor, Jesus did.


Brethren
Acts 2:42-47:"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."


1. The believers sold what they had and gave it to the brethren so they could all be provided for.
2. They had all things in common.
3. They became thankful and rejoiced.

Acts 4:32: "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."
1. They were not selfish in saying 'These are MY things'. But rather sold them to help others.

We pray you will take some time to ponder these verses and see how the Holy Spirit may guide you in fulfilling your New Testament Giving amongst the poor and your brethren.



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