Don't tie your pastor's hands when it comes to a budget. A church's budget reveals its heart, and it should also reflect God's values and priorities. Jesus said in the Great Commission that we are to make disciples of all nations...teaching them to obey everything He has commanded (see Matthew 19-20). Our responsibility is twofold: to evangelize sinners and to equip saints. Many churches tie the pastors' hands by penny-pinching, preventing the church from fulfilling the great com-mission. It's commendable to be wise about spending money, but fear-driven churches stockpile savings and investments for a rainy day. This not only hinders effective ministry, it discourages giving. When people know there's lots of money squirreled away in a bank account, they're apt to say, "Why should I give from my limited resources?" Mission-focused churches aren't afraid to spend money on ministry, and as a result God moves people's hearts to give generously. Remember the three stewards in Matthew 25 who were charged with administering their master's money? Two put the money to work and earned his approval by doubling their investment. The third risk-averse steward held on to the money, returning just the original amount. Consequently the master said, "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents." or to paraphrase, 'Take the thousand from him and give it to the one who risked the most...get rid of this 'play-it-safe' [steward] who won't go out on a limb' (see Matthew 25:28-30). The church's job isn't to amass funds—it's to "go out on a limb of faith' by enabling God's servants to do His work unhindered, and trust God for the "rainy days."
"They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever." (Psalm 125:1)
Take courage, O child of the Redeemer, for like Mount Zion, you are immovable in the Lord's strength! Why? Simply because, as all of Christ's gathered lambs, you have already come to His heavenly mount (Hebrews 12) and are already citizens of His heavenly city (Philippians 3:20). By faith we have come to such a place and so, by faith we are made immovable! Rejoice in your strength, and so, live as pleasing to the Lord!
Week #44 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 34-36
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 29-32
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 125-127
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 3-4
Thursday: (Prophecy) Zephaniah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 11-12
Saturday: (Letters) James 4-5