*It is very important to understand church funds. Denominations misuse church funds in several ways. In this study we will read in the scriptures exactly how the church is to use its funds.
*First of all, as we studied in the last lesson, the church can relieve needy saints. This is the first use of church funds.
*1 Corinthians 9:7 tell us, “Who goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? (---> vv.14) Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.”
*Also note 2 Corinthians 11:7-9 which say, “I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you...” Notice the obvious sarcasm here. The church at Corinth did not support Paul even though he preached for them, so the Macedonian church aided him there.
-As you can see, churches today are allowed to support preachers for other congregations. If a church in Canada cannot fully support a preacher, than a church in Kentucky may send aid to that preacher (not the church) so that he can continue to preach there.
*Lastly, take a look at Philippians 4:16-18 which tell us, “For even in Thessalonica, you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.” Then, in vv.18, Paul calls this aid and support “an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.”
*The church may aid widows who are really widows. In 1 Timothy 5:3-16, we can see that the church is to support widows who meet these qualifications. Obviously, however, there won’t be too many women who meet these qualifications.
*There is no indication in the New Testament where one church supported another church. Relief may be sent to NEEDY Christians through the hands of the elders, but that aid is not for the church. In other words, we are not to pay for another churches electric bill. We are not to pay for another church to construct a new building. This is important to note, because this is a common practice in the denominational world.
*As we studied in the previous lesson, edification is a work of the church, so funds can go towards this work as well. Does not include gyms, bowling alleys, etc.
Study #7: Salvation