Tithing and/or giving are spoken of many times in Scripture. Tithe means tenth or ten percent. In the Old Testament, the Jewish law instructed the people to tithe. Someone has pointed out that a tenth of the verses in the Gospels are about money! What does the New Testament say about giving?
What do you think love is? Love is not defined by lyricists, poets, politicians, or society – but Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB) – 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
There is a good chance we have all tried to do a job or a project with the wrong tool. Generally, it doesn’t go very well. At the very least it is not very efficient. Operating outside our spiritual giftedness can have similar results. God gave us gifts to empower us to do ministry, not in our own strength, but in His. Operating outside our giftedness can lead to discouragement, burnout, and frustration.
The mission of God has been entrusted to the church for the reaching of the nations with the gospel until Christ’s return and the glorious final restoration of all things. Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 24:14. Membership Matters_The Promise and Hope of the Church Handout
There are identifying marks of a healthy church. When these marks are present God is glorified and the church is built up.
Membership Matters_The Marks of a Healthy Church Handout
Seven Sayings: A Word of Abandonment: Matthew 27:46
The Father turned away from the Son as He bore the full weight of our sin on the cross.
Determining why we exist as a church and discovering our unique identity in Christ, we clearly see God’s provision for accomplishing our purpose through two vital connections. The text today is Matthew 22: 34-40.
Two Vital Connections Matt 22_34-40 Handout (Handout answer #1: Vertical. Handout answer #2: Missional.)
Jesus’ authority over all in heaven and on earth demonstrates the beauty of His Sonship and the expanse of His Lordship.
Jesus’ command to make disciples is not intented to disrupt our lives… It is to be our lives!
Jesus’ promise to be with us is not temporal. It is eternal!