To assist you in learning and abiding by a biblical worldview, each month we are highlighting various sections of our doctrinal statement. This month we will highlight the doctrines of Stewardship and Cooperation.
STEWARDSHIP: God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemers cause on earth. (Gen 14:20; Lev 27:30-32; Deut 8:18; Mal 3:8-12; Mt 6:1-4, 19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Lk 12:16-21, 42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Rom 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1Cor 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2Cor 8-9; 12:15; Php 4:10-19; 1Pet 1:18-19)
COOPERATION: Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine; and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ’s people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament. (Ex 17:12; 18:17; Jdg 7:21; Ezr 1:3-4; 2:68-69; 5:14-15; Neh 4; 8:1-5; Mt 10:5-15; 20:1-16; 22:1-10; 28:19-20; Mk 2:3; Lk 10:1; Acts 1:13-14; 2:1; 4:31-37; 13:2-3; 15:1-35; 1Cor 1:10-17; 3:5-15; 12; 2Cor 8:1-9:15; Gal 1:6-10; Eph 4:1-16; Php 1:15-18)
God Loves You & So Do I! Pastor Jimmy
On-Line Resource for all Members!
Our church has enrolled in an online Bible Study Resource that will give us access to hundreds of video Bible studies by well-known and trusted teachers and preachers. The media portions of these studies can be accessed, streamed from your phone, pad, laptop, desktop, or TV, and used by individuals, couples, families, small groups, etc at NO COST to you. You may choose whether or not to purchase any supporting print materials that go along with the studies.
Studies are divided into the following categories: Youth, Adult Small Groups, Work, Family, Marriage, Men, Women, Bible Characters, and Video Illustrations. To check out the available studies, go to rightnowmedia.org. After clicking on the Login button in the upper right-hand corner, enter email@example.com in the Email Address box and then enter jimmy in the Password box. Under the Browse Media tab, click on the category you would like to view. Then click on the particular study you are interested in. To find out what print resources go along with the study, click on the orange button labeled Books, Workbooks, and Handouts. If you are interested in engaging in one of the studies, contact the pastor (458-5134) and he will add you as a user in the system. This is an excellent resource that offers unlimited topics of study.