When you become a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are a member of God’s family. Every spiritual child needs to become a part of a spiritual family. God is your heavenly father, and all Christians are like brothers and sisters of the same family. “…the house of God, which is the church of the living God…” (1 Timothy 3:15). The house of God is not a building or a religious organization but a group of believers (Acts 7:48-50). We are the church!
How Does the Bible Describe the Relationship Between Jesus and Christians?
What Is Christ’s Position in the Church?
The Functions of the Church:
- Worship: “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, [And] His praise in the assembly of saints.” (Psalm 149:1)
- Fellowship: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as [is] the manner of some, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Teaching: “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you….” (Matthew 28:20)
- Ministry: “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:12)
- Power: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” to spread the gospel (Acts 1:8).
Obligations We Have as the Church:
- Obligation to _______________________________ (John 15:17).
- Obligation to __________________________ (Matthew 6:12-14).
- Obligation to ____________________________ (Romans 12:16).
- Obligation to _________________________ (Matthew 26:26-28).
Our Obligation to Give
“‘Will a man_____ God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
“In what way have we robbed you?”
In ______ and __________.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
[Even] this whole nation.
Bring ________________________ into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And _______ Me now in this,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
‘If I will not open for you the windows of _________
And pour out for you _______ ____________
That [there will] not [be room] enough [to receive it]”
- Tithes: Monetary offerings are required by God and are a test of the disciple’s faith, love, and obedience. God commands us to tithe. The tithe belongs to God. It is not a voluntary offering, but what we are required to give (Leviticus 27:30). The tithe should be paid; you can decide what to do with the other 90%, but we should give 10% back to God because it already belongs to him.
- Offerings: Some offerings are thank-you gifts given to God as acts of worship above and beyond tithes. Offerings can include sacrifices of a person’s life, time, and finances. This is a truly voluntary offering arising from a thankful and sincere heart. The amount of the gift is your own personal decision. We should worship God with gifts and offerings (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Love offerings are an offering given to others. It is motivated by love and is given according to what a person has and according to the needs of others (1 John 3:16-17).
Above all other things, Give God Your Heart! (Romans 12:1).