Part 2 from last week. Christ is the head, this is His church. He dictates what we do and how we do it. Phil 4:9 the things you have learned and received and heard and see in me, practice these things and the God of peace will be with you. Following apostolic patterns acknowledges Gods sovereignty, wisdom and displays submission. Following God’s arrangement will yield the results He desires. Acts 5:1-4, the example of Ananias and Sapphira. Once it was laid at the apostles feet, it was dedicated to God’s special purposes. We need to accept the limits. If they don’t matter, the sky is the limit on what men deem “good.” That’s really the argument - we’re doing a good thing. Pooled funds for exclusive, specific purposes: 1. Evangelism : 1 Tim 3:15
2. Benevolence : 2 Cor 8-9 You could also add edification to this list. He is including it as part of evangelism, teaching and preaching the Word to the world. There is a key word that runs throughout chapters 8 & 9, fellowship, or sharing. The limit in the pattern appears in chapter 9, verse 12. Some want to take the two words in verse 13, “all others” and say, see, that means to all men. But that isn’t the end of the sentence. Also the context is to saints, to those in fellowship, to those who will be praying for you. Also 1 Tim 5:16. Family should help first, before the church is approached. Once you depart from the pattern even a little, you have opened the door to much greater departures. Once you justify spending in areas that do not provide for the accomplishment of commands, you open the door to spending on anything. We have to recognize spiritual activity as separate from social activity. Ministry to non-saints: There is no charge to meet the needs of all who are financially distressed. Gal 6:10 is not a verse that relates to the church. That is a verse often used to justify church activity. Same with James 1:27, it is written to individuals, not churches. The pooling of funds with other churches for evangelistic purposes we don’t see that either in scriptures. There is no authority for missionary societies or super churches that collect funds from other churches and take care of evangelism for all. Nor do we see authority for recreation and other social activities. There are no passages to back up these practices.
We have to respect the pattern and be content with the pattern.