Some Christian giving must be done corporately, as a body or through the body. In this case, individuals lay aside what is then entrusted to the hands of certified men for disbursement and delivery. One focus of corporate giving is that those whose life's labor is preaching the gospel can get their living by preaching the gospel.
In our Men's Breakfast, Bro. Glynn shared his testimony of God's grace in drawing him to Christ and the forgiveness of sin.
Glynn was focused on success and accumulating wealth in Corporate America through hard work, long hours and the associated lifestyle. Even though surrounded by people, he felt alone because he did not have Christ or a church family. He felt he was without hope.
As the Lord brought Him to salvation, Glynn was overjoyed and at the same time convicted for the time Glynn had turned his back on God.
Glynn will encourage you and even dare you to pray as he prayed ,"Here I am Lord, use me."
In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us the qualities that should be present in every child of God.
In Matthew Chapter 5 from verse 13 Jesus teaches His followers that they are to be salt and light.
Matt 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
When Jesus says to His followers that they are salt He is indicating that they are very valuable, as well as necessary in this world.
Salt creates thirst: If you live a life for Christ in your community or in your school or in your workplace then it is possible, to create a thirst in others to know God.
It is a powerful witness when people see the joy and peace that Christ gives to the life of the Christian.
Salt brings healing: Lives are rescued from disaster, burdens can be lifted, sorrows can be eased and souls can be restored from spiritual disaster when God works through His people as the salt of the earth, to bring healing and hope.
Salt Irritates: When you rub salt on a wound it can irritate.
The Apostle Paul was Salt in His World and in the places where Paul preached he caused both revivals and riots.
When the salt of the Gospel is applied to the wounds of a spiritually decaying world it can have an irritating effect upon the unsaved.
You and I as believers in Jesus Christ must make contact with those unsaved in this decaying world in order to have a preserving effect.
There is an unfortunate tradition in the Christian church, especially in America, that pastors should be paid poorly and even further, that they should be paid just under enough. They often rely on extended family members to assist with basic needs just to make ends meet. Some even have themselves and their families forgo purchasing essential nutrient-rich food or cram a five-person family into a one-bedroom apartment because that is all their pastor's wages allow. It is not that their local church can't afford to pay their pastor well, it is that the congregation chooses not to.
Continuing our study of 1 Corinthians, listen in as we hear Pastor Roger dive into chapter 9, verses 1-7 where Paul shares a viewpoint from his own life as an apostle. Pastor Roger gives us "three aspects of vocational ministry as illustrated in apostleship" this Sunday.
Provision was not being made for the house of God...namely for the care and upkeep of the Levites and Singers. This gives us a little glimpse into the responsibility of the church to provide for the needs of its pastor so that the pastor can be committed to the ministry of the Word, Sacrament, and Prayer.
As a believer wanting to live the blessed life, have you stopped to consider your worth in society? Tune in and see what Jesus says you are in Him. Are you worth your salt? The blessed life depends on your answer.
Dearly beloved congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ, we continue this evening to look at Peter's assault on the false teachers. As we saw two weeks ago, the apostle informs us that the Lord will especially punish two sorts of sinners: those who go after flesh in the lust of defilement, and those who despise authority. We saw some characteristics of those who despise authority in last Sunday's sermon; today, we see Peter turn to the other kind of specially wicked sinner, the one who goes after flesh in the lust of defilement. We will see this evening an extended profile of the man who loves pleasure more than God. Essentially, we see the overarching characteristic — that the false teacher is a lover of pleasure — and then how that works itself out. We'll see what the false teachers are, what their idea of a workout routine is, how they love to monetize sin, and, of course, their eventual fate. The bottom line: False teachers love fleshly pleasure, but the Angel of the LORD will rebuke them in due time.
Paul has been pressing the Corinthians, and that had aroused some opposition. There were those who questioned his apostolic credentials. To these critics, Paul offers a defense, which zeros in on an economic issue.