Friday, 21 September

Malachie 3:10 – “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

In this verse, God exhorts us to take good care of His house by being faithful to bring all of our tithes, so that there would be food in abundance. This is a picture of a church where each member is spiritually nourished, each member benefits from the church’s different ministries and services, each member is welcomed in an adequate public place where teams are designated to oversee his comfort and security, and each member has the opportunity to participate in different activities of the church and enter his destiny in God. This verse clearly expresses that we are asked to bring our tithes (and offerings) to ensure the proper functioning of the church and to anticipate its needs. By doing so, we members, become co-labourers, co-participants, and co-responsible for the church of God and particularly its works and outreaches.

The challenge of finances is a daily event for a church that has numerous projects and goals!

If today every member of the our local church, le Bon Berger, were to tithe every month (not yet the case), the church could not only provide for its needs, but also support its main pastors and allow the hiring of other full-time pastors as well as other employees for the various ministries, departments, and services. Just imagine: all these full-time teams for the church and all that could be done in all areas: social, business, teaching, training, evangelism, etc … The church would also more easily be able to buy the building (see September 18th in this guide). In a word, with more resources, the church could develop so much further the work of God.

Does God want us to do more for Him? Absolutely! To realise this, more means are needed.

Does God want us to trust him? Absolutely! For this, we must obey his Word!

The Bible is very clear about finances; as you know it speaks a lot about this subject, both in the Old Testament and in the New. The Word of God says that the one who provides for the house of the Lord will be blessed in return. It cannot be clearer!

Let us, then, be a congregation filled with responsible members who honor the Word of the Lord, in order to shine the glory of our God in our church.

Pray for:

  This new year to be a year of financial abundance and growth for the church, for its works and outreaches, for each member, and for his family.

– Each member to be faithful with tithing in order to HONOR God.

– A church able to pursue multiple projects for God’s work without financial constraint.

Philippe GABLIN

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