THE GRACE OF GIVING

White Wing Messenger|July 2020

THE GRACE OF GIVING
Apostle Peter writes, “We are being built up a spiritual house” (see 1 Peter 2:5 NKJV). In this “spiritual house,” systems and structure, while important, must well up from the essentials of deep intimate relationships with God and one another. Systems and structures should serve the church, not the church serving the systems and structures. In some cases, we have endeavored to develop a global financial system to produce a healthy global function of biblical stewardship. The essential relationships must precede the critical systems and structures for the spiritual health of the church at all levels of ministry to be fruitful.

No system or structure, legislative demands, hierarchical pressure, or meritorious rewards will produce the Acts 2 and Acts 4 principle of, as Luke puts it, having “all things in common” (see Acts 2 2:44, 4:32 NKJV). From the context of supporting those in need, Paul writes of what many would call, the grace of giving or the spirit of generosity that flows from a heart that understands, “God loves a cheerful giver. and God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:7, 8 NKJV).

Paul Holt Director of Finance and Administration STEWARDSHIP MINISTRIES

SCOTT GILLUM | FLORIDA PRESIDING BISHOP

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