Throughout my entire ministry, I’ve purposefully never spent a lot of time preaching about money. If I were moving through a book and I came across a Scripture about money, I would preach on it. But other than that I never made it a practice to mention the subject very much. I didn’t want to be one of those preachers who harps on things like money and giving. After all, all Christians already understand what the offering is, right?
Scripture has recently changed my way of thinking. I read texts such as 2 Corinthians chapter 8 and 9 and see that Paul spent considerable time on the subject. He spends two entire chapters instructing the Corinthian church how to give an offering. He offers similar advice in 1 Corinthians. In fact, there are literally hundreds of verses in the Bible that give us instruction on money. If the Bible speaks so much on it and Paul spends such considerable time teaching it, why on earth would I not do the same?
The truth is, many Christians do not understand what the offering is. We simply understand that it is a routine we have during a worship service that usually involves a wooden plate, ushers and piano music to fill what would otherwise be silent air for a couple of minutes. I have taken it for granted that all Christians know:
- Why we give
- How the money is used
- How a church gets money
- What to do with your offering if you miss church
- How much to give
- When to give
- Who is expected to give
These are important questions, and the Bible is not silent on them. It is the pastor’s responsibility to lead the church to understand what the Bible says about giving an offering. It is the Christian’s responsibility to make sure he personally understands what the Bible says. Do you know the answer to these questions?
* This week, we will do a 5 part series on what the Bible says about how to give an offering.