Robert's Reflections

Money & The Church

Ladies carry their purses. Men have their wallets. Most have a coin jar or box. Almost everyone has a bank account. And the church has its treasury. They are all places to store funds. The concept of a church treasury is as old as the Old Testament.

The first time we find that word in Scripture is Joshua 6:19“But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” Solomon’s temple had a treasury of sorts. Thirteen chests were located in the outer “court of the women.” These were used as storage containers for the free-will offerings of the people.

When Judas had betrayed the Lord, he brought back the money and threw it down in the temple and went out and hanged himself. In Matthew 27:6, the chief priests picked up the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.”

Acts 4:32-35 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

Verses 36 & 37 tell us that Barnabas sold a piece of land and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. The apostles had a treasury. Therefore, the New Testament church had a treasury. (See 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, and 2 Corinthians 8-9 for additional material)

What are we to do with the money that comes into the treasury? Since it belongs to the Lord, we allow Him to tell us what we are to do with it.

  1. Support the preaching of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:7-8).
  2. Edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16).
  3. Be ready to every good work (Titus 3:1).
  4. Use it to help those in need (Acts 4:35).

There are many things that are done at Tanner with the offerings which you make each Sunday.

  1. Evangelism: Support of missionaries and mission work in several places throughout the world, Bible Correspondence Courses, Jail Ministry, Door-Knocking, Website.
  2. Edification: Fellowship activities and gatherings (Women’s Luncheon and Men’s Feast), etc.
  3. Education: VBS, Sunday and Wednesday class material, Gospel Meetings (also falls under Evangelism), Educational trips (CYC, The Ark Encounter, etc.), CD Ministry.
  4. Benevolence: Project rescue, Special assistance to needy families in our community, Potter’s Children’s Home, Special projects (Backpack program for hungry children, Thanksgiving baskets, Hospital boxes, etc.).

Certainly, there are some other needs for funding from the treasury that are not directly related to the above listed areas of service: Providing and maintaining the building and grounds, Office expenses, Worship supplies, Fellowship supplies, Expansion expenses, etc.

As you think about that new Shuttle Van sitting out front this morning, consider all the ways it can be used in all 4 categories of church work. This vehicle can and will be used to help bring glory to God and to carry out the work of this congregation.

Anyone above age 25 with a good driving record who is interested in being a part of this good work is encouraged to sign the list in the foyer to be part of the rotation for van drivers.

You are needed.

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Robert’s Reflections: Money & the Church