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The Law of Grace - Its Yours

Colossians 2:16–23 NIV
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
However, we are not under the law today. God’s people are no more required to pay a tithe in this gospel age than we are required to keep the sabbath day, or observe the Passover (). We are free from the law. A. D. Muse, the late pastor of Hearts Harbor Tabernacle in Louisville, Kentucky, used to say, ‘If you tithe, you’re under the law. And if you don’t tithe you’re an outlaw.’ In other words, the person who just pays his tithe is a mere legalist; and anyone who does not do that much is an antinomian. Anyone who uses his freedom from the law as an excuse for being a miserly and selfishly refuses to give of his means for the support of the gospel of Christ is, I fear, without grace. God’s people give. They give generously, and they give cheerfully.
Fortner, D. (2007). The Church of God: What it Means to Belong (p. 198). Danville, KY: Don Fortner.

The Church United - It’s Mine

1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
1 Cor
about the collection for the Lord’s people
Each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income.
2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Stewardship is between the believer and God. Teaming together with fellow believers provides many blessings.
Teaming opens more doors of opportunity in worship and ministries.
Teaming together fosters service to God and promotes humble obedience.
Teaming together is a benefit for local ministry as well as foreign missions.
Romans 12:3–8 NIV
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:3-

God Owns it All - It’s God’s

Psalm 24:1 NIV
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

Exodus 9:29 NIV
Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.
Job 41:11 NIV
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.
Deuteronomy 10:14 NIV
To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
The Church of God: What it Means to Belong Chapter 18: The Financial Support of the Gospel Ministry (Gal. 6:6–10)

The instructions given in the New Testament regarding the financial support of the gospel ministry are unmistakably clear. Those men and women who believe the gospel of the grace of God are expected to support generously those who preach it.

Psalm 24:1 NIV
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Exodus 9:29 NIV
Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the Lord’s.
Exodus 9:29
Job 41:
Job 41:11 NIV
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.
Deuteronomy 10:14 NIV
To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

It is our Mission is to encourage systematical giving.

Colossians 2:16–23 NIV
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Our mission is to encourage the systematical giving of a portion of income for the support of the Church according to the principles of I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:7, Genesis 14:20(b), and Proverbs 3:9.

Holy Spirit habits that result into patterns need to follow the example of Christ.
However, we are not under the law today. God’s people are no more required to pay a tithe in this gospel age than we are required to keep the sabbath day, or observe the Passover (). We are free from the law. A. D. Muse, the late pastor of Hearts Harbor Tabernacle in Louisville, Kentucky, used to say, ‘If you tithe, you’re under the law. And if you don’t tithe you’re an outlaw.’ In other words, the person who just pays his tithe is a mere legalist; and anyone who does not do that much is an antinomian. Anyone who uses his freedom from the law as an excuse for being a niggardly miser and selfishly refuses to give of his means for the support of the gospel of Christ is, I fear, without grace. God’s people give. They give generously, and they give cheerfully.
Fortner, D. (2007). The Church of God: What it Means to Belong (p. 198). Danville, KY: Don Fortner.
Genesis 4:3 NIV
In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.
Malachi 3:8–9 NIV
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.
Old Testament Practice under when God was King of Israel

Genesis 14:20 NIV
And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Hebrews 7:1–3 NIV
This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
Hebrews 7:1-

Galatians 6:7–10 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
1 Samuel 10:17–19 NIV
Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah and said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you.’ But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”
1 Samuel 10:17-

Malachi 3:8–9 NIV
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.
1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
Each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income.
2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Teaming opens more doors of opportunity in worship and ministries.
Teaming together fosters service to God and promotes humble obedience.
Teaming together is a benefit for local ministry as well as foreign missions.
Genesis 14:20 NIV
And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Malachi 3:8–9 NIV
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.
Stewardship ship should be
Proverbs
Proverbs 3:9 NIV
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
Romans 12:8-
Romans 12:8–13 NIV
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:8 NIV
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
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