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First Day Giving - Matt Postiff

Audio from April 25, 2021 AM | 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Posted April 28, 2021 | Length: 00:52:43 | File size in bytes: 18981648

From time to time, specific instructions on the matter of giving need to be reviewed in the life of the church. We have done that, and I pray it serves as a reminder to us that we are called to support God’s work. Christians are called to regularly give to support the work of the church, which includes missions, benevolence, support for pastor(s), local ministries, etc. If we do not do so, how do you suppose it will happen? No government support is forthcoming; no church welfare exists; there are no money trees in the back yard! We would simply cease to exist after a while. More to the point of this passage, believers who are struggling will appreciate a helping hand from a church, whether they live nearby or far away. The apostle Paul reminded the Gentile Christians in Rom 15:27 that it was an obligation upon them to support the Jewish Christians who in effect had sent out the gospel to them. That was an obligation in a particular situation; but the principle is a good one that we should remember those Christians with whom we have some level of connection, whether near or far, and help them. We do not and cannot know about every group of Christians, but those of whom we do know can be the objects of our concern, prayers, and benevolence.

Our Scripture reading was found in Isaiah 44:1-28.

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