EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
Date: Friday, MAY 21st 2021
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:16-21
16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:
20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:
21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
Key verse: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” Proverb 4:7.
The following are the responsibilities the leaders of the church have over the finances and property of the church.
(a) Teach the members on Christian giving so they may know what God expects them to do as faithful Christians. Let opportunity be created for them to give in demonstration of their love for God and the brethren.
(b) Take care of church money and property to avoid wastages and unnecessary damage. Employ wisdom in the use of church fund and property.
(c) Those to be appointed to manage church money and property must be men and women that hate covetousness, trusted and proven.
(d) There should be good accountability and record keeping, where required. Ministers are stewards over the money and property of the church of God and will give account to Him.
(e) Truth, righteousness, and holiness should characterize every transaction with church fund and property.
(f) Diligence must be exercised over church money and property that they be not stolen, embezzled, misappropriated, or personalized. The name of the Lord is in His money and property.
(g) Careful consideration must be taken before taking a loan for church use so as not to bring the church of God under bondage to creditors. To treat church money and property carelessly or embezzle them shows one has no fear of God. Such a person will suffer God's judgment.
Do not impoverish the people of God through excessive demands on giving. God wants His people to have food to eat, clothes to wear, and house to live in. Believers who cannot feed their family are worse than unbelievers before God. Hence it is a sin for any minister to over burden the people of God with financial demands to the point that they cannot care for themselves, provide for their family, and acquire the necessities of life.
Thought for the day: Do not impoverish God’s people through excessive demands on giving.
Song for the day: Make me perfect (3X) O Lord.
Bible Reading for the day: 1 Chronicles 3-5; John 8:1-20
PASTOR PAUL RIKA