Christians Are To Be Radical, Liberal, and Institutional

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Should we be able to describe faithful Christians as radical, liberal, or institutional? If you have followed the writing and teaching that I have done, you will probably expect me to answer this question in the negative. After all, we are to be conservative and non-institutional, right?

When we use labels such as these, we generally use them in regard to certain erroneous positions, issues, and movements. Yet when we change the context, we can make the case from the Bible that, in certain ways, Christians are to be radical, liberal, and institutional. So let us consider some other ways we can use these terms.
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Money Matters

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Money is a matter of priority to many people in our society. As the economy is a concern in many places around the country, there is a tendency to worry about financial matters. As Christians, we must take heed to what God has instructed with regard to money. The Bible actually has quite a bit to say about the subject. We will consider some of God’s instruction that relates to our finances in this article.
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“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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