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December 14, 2014, 8:00 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 14, 2014

Good Morning Family!

In December, we as a church family adopt our budget together for the coming year. As families in our individual households, we usually assess these same issues when we look at how we need prioritize in our personal finances. Today, we will gather together after the service as a family and come to a consensus on where that should be for us corporately.

During the last few months, many in our family have done the leg work and prayerfully put together a pragmatic and prioritized budget for the coming year for FBC. The Budget Committee feels it is realistic and faithful to what they believe the Lord wants to accomplish through the church in 2015. It was made available to the church body last week and we have all had time now to pour over it and pray over it.

Today, we decide on the question of putting it into place as our guide for funding of ministry next year. At the same time we decide on that, we join hands in supporting ministry with our resources together. Our individual commitments to do our part toward what we together believe to be our priorities for ministry are what make the whole picture come together. That is the model for the New Testament church.

In 1 Corinthians 16:2, we are instructed to give as the Lord has prospered us. Even if we do not have much, the Lord has prospered us in providing basic necessities in one fashion or another. This passage clearly indicates our giving individually, is to be in proportion to our income. As the Lord blesses us, we are to bless His work from the provisions given to us from His hand. After all, everything we receive in this life is a provision from the Lord, even our very breath. Time, health, and monetary provision are all from His hand and are His to use through us. Many times in the Scriptures, God’s promise to bless our faithfulness is recorded.

In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul instructs the church in the principles of giving in that it should be freely and cheerfully given. The ability of the Christian and the needs of the church are the Biblical principle. Above all, our return of the portion to God’s work from our resources based upon how the Lord has prospered us should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Giving to the ministry of the church should be proportionate, freely given, not under compulsion, and given in an attitude of worship which brings cheer to the heart by willingly and enthusiastically being a part of what God is doing though the ministry of the local church. We are truly all in this together. There is great joy in knowing that!

In January, we will continue on with the last few installments of “On These We Stand”. I had planned from the onset of this series, as we have walked through the basics this first year, to come to the subject of New Testament giving near the end of it as I planned to conclude the series just after the first of the year. The teaching on New Testament giving will coincide with the beginning of a new budget year and a fresh look ahead of ministry here at FBCCF in 2015. There has been “method to my madness”.

As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15.


Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd

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