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Church Membership 101 - Giving (3 of 5)
Series: Church Membership 101
Introduction Alternative: Three boys in the schoolyard were bragging about who had the better father. The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, and they give him $100." The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, and they give him $1000." The third boy says, "My Dad is even better than that. He scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, calls it a sermon, and it takes six men just to collect all the money!"
I'm in a sermon series entitled Church Membership 101. We're talking about what it means to be a member of the local church. In the first sermon we said that the church is important because the church is called out by God and the church is the Kingdom of God and the church is YOU. Last week we talked about a church member's responsibility to attend church. Today I want to talk about a church member's responsibility to contribute to the offering.
I know there are a lot of ways to contribute to a church. We can contribute our time and our talent. But that does not co-opt our responsibility to contribute our money.
Contributing to the offering is a part of church membership for three reasons.
I. CHURCH MEMBERS WHO GIVE HAVE A CLUE
Galatians 6:6 "Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor."
I Corinthians 9:11 "When we told the message to you, it was like planting spiritual seed. So we have the right to accept material things as our harvest from you."
I Corinthians 9:13-14 "Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel."
Giving church members are clued into t ...
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