What Should Characterize Our Giving?

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Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

Periodically, it is good for us to evaluate what we do in our service to God in order to make sure we are doing what we should do with the right attitude to the best of our abilities. In this article, we are going to look at one aspect of our service to God – our giving on the first day of the week. This is not about examining the total amount that is contributed by everyone assembled in a congregation; rather, it is about individually examining ourselves by the standard of God’s word.

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“Now Concerning the Collection” (Free PDF)

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Click the link below to view or download Now Concerning the Collection: A Study of Giving. This is a 46-page study in PDF format containing the entire series published here on Plain Bible Teaching in one file.
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Church Membership

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The term “church membership” is not used in the New Testament. However, it is certainly a Scriptural concept. Paul clearly taught the concept of church membership in his letter to Corinth (1 Corinthians 12:14-30). Notice the following verses in particular:

For the body is not one member, but many” (1 Corinthians 12:14).

But now there are many members, but one body” (1 Corinthians 12:20).

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

In this article, let us consider the topic of church membership. As we do, we will ask three questions: (1) What is church membership? (2) How do we become members? (3) What are members to do?
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Audio: The Church and its Money

Each first day of the week we take up a collection. This money is then used by the church. The method of collecting funds in our text is the only way we find that is authorized in the New Testament. However, instead of focusing on that point in this lesson, we’re going to focus on how to handle the money after it has been collected.
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“Now Concerning the Collection” – A Study of Giving

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In February 2006 I was asked to present a lesson on the topic of giving. This was to coincide with our discussion in the adult Bible class on the subject. We were studying 1 Corinthians 16 and decided to spend some time talking about this seemingly oft-neglected subject. We spent two or three classes, followed by a sermon in the assembly discussing the topic of giving. All together, I believe it was a good study and profitable for all Christians to consider.
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