Sometimes All it Takes is a Wink

We have all learned tough lessons when words we are guilty of speaking are taken out of context and repeated. Gaining self-control of the tongue is one of life’s most difficult tasks. I recently read a quote by former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill that serves as a good reminder when it comes to the nuances of …

Paul and the Acts of the Apostles

The Early Church The Church is a present-day phenomenon that was completely hidden from the Old Testament prophets. The ”400 years of silence” between the Old and New Testaments was foretold in detail by the prophet Daniel. The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were foretold in great detail through hundreds of prophecies found in the Old Testament. …

Encountering Jesus

For over 1,500 years, God spoke through the Old Testament prophets and writers. Woven through the history of men of old and the poetry of kings and unknown authors is the scarlet thread of God’s love for a nation (Israel) and a world that rejected him. At the center of this most incredible story is Jesus Christ. As the world …

New Testament Handbook (Section 1)

Matthew Title: The Gospel of Matthew Author: Both church tradition and internal evidence support Matthew as the author of this Gospel. Matthew, the son of Alphaeus (Mark 2:14), had the surname of Levi (Mark 2:14, Luke 5:27) and was a tax collector (Matthew 10:13) for the Roman government. Jesus chose Matthew as one of his twelve disciples (Matthew 9:9). He …

The Power Of Modeling

We need people to serve as examples in order to encourage us in our giving. Who are to be our models of giving? I.        Spiritual Leaders All spiritual leaders in the church should be generous Christians who are willing to use their material possessions to serve those they shepherd and lead (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6,8). II.        Fellow Believers Christians need to …

Bible Verses Supporting A Life of Giving and Stewardship

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:35 Who …

Biblical Principles To Guide Our Giving

I. Each person is to give according to his/her ability All Christians, according to their ability, should be involved in sharing their material possessions to carry on God’s work in the world (Acts 11:19-30). II. Our giving is to be regular and proportionate Christians should set aside a certain percentage of their income on just as regular a basis as …

Church Guidelines For Financial Integrity

Below are guidelines that can help a church provide general direction regarding how it will handle its finances. These guidelines are communicated each year as part of the church’s budget presentation. We believe that the way a church handles itself in the financial arena is a reflection of its integrity in every area. The Elders, therefore, have established the following …