I don’t think we talk much about money at Every Nation London. We do take up “tithes and offerings” in most Sunday services, and occasionally share some helpful “MoneyWisdom” (we all need help in the money dept!), and a good number of people faithfully give tithes and offerings to the church ministry via online giving. Many people also give generously specifically to missions and ministries to the poor & needy. As a church, we have big vision and many people who are part of it, and many who are not, support the ministry financially. I believe that our Finance Board have governed our finances over the years and this church has truly been “a blessing to the nations” in many ways. My hope is all who give do this cheerfully, and not under any compulsion (let me know if you think this isn’t so at EN London). In addition to that, my hope is that all who give do it “in faithful obedience to truth” and not in any form legalism or pressure. It’s the truth alone that will set you free. And I pray that God will bless you abundantly in every way, and that you will be an abundant blessing in every way.
We definitely believe that the good stewardship of our finances and possessions are part of our being followers of Jesus, or “disciples,” and that you
can’t separate your finances from your faith. Personally I get a little concerned when we go through seasons of using certain words in church life which seem to lose their meaning and more and more people can’t seem to anchor their practices in a clear understanding from the Scriptures.
“Tithing” is one of those words and practices, so over the next few weeks I’m doing a 5 part mini series which I’m calling “5 Truths about the Tithe,” in which I’ll share the personal convictions I have from my study, understanding and personal application of Scripture. Here’s the introduction video, and I’ll follow this with 5 x 3 or 4 minute video message each week covering the 5 truths about the tithe…
The scripture referred to in this video: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 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. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.