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Why Does the Church take up a Collection?

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Radio transcript for the week of November 20, 2016

Ricky Berger speaks on "Why does the Church take up a Collection?" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Some people are confused when it comes to the question of passing a plate at church on Sunday and filling this plate with hard-earned money from the people who are at church. How does the church use this money? Does the preacher get all of the money? Why should I give? It must be noted that sadly not all churches use the money given correctly and, not all use Scriptural methods for collecting this money from members. However, with this lesson, we’re simply going to focus on “Why we take a collection.” To answer this question in the simplest of forms it is: Because God said to. A proper study of the reasons God gives for a collection will help us have a better understanding and attitude towards giving.

The work of the church includes evangelism, edification, equipping the saints and benevolence. All of this takes money to further assist and maximize its efforts. We find the early church giving upon the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This same congregation was told to give in a cheerful manner (2 Corinthians 9-6-10). This money can be used to help people when they are in need (Acts 11:27-30). The church takes a collection to obey God and show its love for helping people go to Heaven.

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What does the Bible say about salvation?

  • All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
  • The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
  • Not everyone will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  • Only those who obey God will go to Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
  • Obedience means believing that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).
  • Repenting of sins (a change of life) (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
  • Confessing your faith in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10).
  • Being baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • Live as a faithful Christian until death (Titus 2:12; Revelation 2:10).

What does the Bible say about how we are to worship God?

  • We are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
  • Worship is to be on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
  • The male members are to lead the worship service (1 Corinthians 14:34).
  • God’s word is to be preached (Acts 20:7).
  • Prayer is to be offered to Him (Acts 2:42).
  • Christians are to give cheerfully according to how God has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
  • The Lord’s Supper is to be taken (1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 20:7).
  • Members are to sing one to another from the heart (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
  • We are not to change by adding to or taking from (Revelation 22:18-19).

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