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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Why I Teach on Giving
October 2, 2014

               Recently at Bethlehem, we have begun a campaign to bring awareness to the need for God’s people to be generous in their giving. Some may wonder, “Why teach on money? Isn’t that just greed? Isn’t giving a private matter?” These are a few statements that might be heard by those who feel uncomfortable with the church teaching on stewardship. So, in answer to these questions, I want to attempt to explain why the church teaches on giving.

                Let me first say that the church should not teach exclusively on giving. If every message is about giving, then the church has become more focused on money than on trusting in God’s provision. However, it is not inappropriate to remind God’s people to be faithful. We all need reminders from time to time. This is the reason we at Bethlehem will focus on giving two times a year. Spring and fall are the times that we have chosen to focus on stewardship. We also want to remind people throughout the year by sending quarterly giving statements so that you may know where you are in relation to your faithfulness in giving.

                Stewardship is a word that I have mentioned a couple of times so far. What does stewardship mean? The word “steward” means to be a manager. It is the understanding that we are in charge of something that is at our disposal, but that does not belong to us. For example, the Bible says in Psalm 24:1

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,

This means that everything we have belongs to the Lord. We are stewards of our time, talents, and resources according to Jesus (Matt. 25:14-30). In fact, did you know that Jesus spoke more on money than he did on heaven and hell?

                So why do we focus on giving? The answer is simple. Because God focuses on giving. Our giving reflects where the heart is (Matt. 6:21). By reminding God’s people of these truths, we are forcing ourselves to examine where our heart really is. James tells us that we can often claim to believe one thing, but it is in our doing that our faith is really demonstrated (James 2:14-17). We also aim to make sure that we are faithful to preach the whole counsel of God’s Word so that we may not be guilty of robbing anyone of the blessings God has for those who obey his Word (Acts 20:26-27; Mal. 3:9-12).  

                We hope that you understand the need for the church to teach on the spiritual discipline of giving. We also hope that you will trust God to provide all of your needs according to his riches in glory (Phil. 4:19). May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you (Num. 6:24-26).

 

Yours in Christ,


Bro. Matt

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