“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 10: Conclusion

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As we conclude our study on giving, there are three basic points we need to remember:
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 9: Examples that Relate to Giving

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Finally, after discussing the instructions given about the act of giving, the attitude we are to have in giving, and factors that should motivate us to give, we will look at some examples to make some final points and to reinforce the points we have already made.
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 8: Motivation for Giving

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As Christians, we are to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). After discussing various things relating to the collection – the act itself, the nature of giving, our attitude – we should think about some things that will motivate us to improve our giving. Paul wrote to the Corinthians in order to motivate them to carry out their “previously promised bountiful gift” (2 Corinthians 9:5). In doing this, he appealed to three things to encourage them. These points are good for us to consider as well as we seek to improve our giving.
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 7: Our Attitude in Giving

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In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul gave the brethren instructions about the collection (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). These instructions included what was to be done (taking up the collection) and when it was to be done (on the first day of the week). He wrote back to them in a follow-up letter and included teaching about the attitude they should have in giving.
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 6: Tithing vs. Free Will Offerings

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Many refer to the giving done on the first day of the week as tithing. This is a term we find in the Old Testament. The first instance came after Abram (later called Abraham, Genesis 17:5) defeated Chedorlaomer and the kings who had banded together with him. Abram came to Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God, and “gave him a tenth of all” (Genesis 14:20). The King James Version says he “gave him tithes of all.” This was what a tithe was – ten percent.
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 5: Correlation Between Giving and Fellowship

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Various works are carried out using the funds collected by the church. Since all the brethren at a local congregation make contributions into the treasury, they are working together in these activities. In Scripture this is called fellowship – joint participation. Paul warned, “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11, KJV). Another translation says, “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness” (NASB). When we participate together in a work, we have fellowship with one another. When we place funds into a common treasury, we are working together in the works that are supported out of the treasury. Therefore, our giving on the first day of the week is one way in which we have fellowship together.
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – Part 4: Institutionalism and the Sponsoring Church Arrangement

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As we noticed in the previous section, there are many who use funds from the church treasury for things other than just the works of the church – evangelism, edification, and limited benevolence. Some use money from their treasury for these works, but they do so by sending funds to another organization (either a human institution or another congregation) so that organization can carry out these spiritual works. We often refer to this practice as either institutionalism or the sponsoring church arrangement, depending on the nature of the organization to which the funds are sent. Does God authorize this in His word?

First we need to be sure we understand what exactly is being done before we can compare the practice with Scripture. Institutionalism refers to the forming or use of organizations separate from the church to carry out the works of the church. The sponsoring church arrangement has to do with one or more churches sending funds to another church that collects funds from these various churches and uses that money to do the work of the church. Much could be said about these issues; but so as to not divert too much attention away from our topic of the collection, we will briefly compare these concepts with the word of God.
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