The Church Just Wants My Money | 2 Corinthians 8:20-21
What do you think is one of the most common complaints that nonchurchgoers have against the church? “The church just wants my money.” Often those complaints are justified, arent they. There are all kinds of churches where every Sunday, the pastor stands up and pressures the people to give more to the church so that they can receive a blessing. I have been in a church where they launch a pledge campaign where they ask you to pledge how much you plan to give for the coming year so they can set their budget. There are churches where if you are not tithing, then you can’t be a member there. Then you add to it all of these TV preachers with their lavish lifestyles and their expensive clothes, so much so that someone created an Instagram account called preachersnsneakers. It’s devoted to how much money some preachers spend on not just sneakers but clothing in general, and you might be shocked. So many of these TV preachers will say that God will repay you abundantly if you just give to their ministries.
So there are all kinds of abuses going on, but here is the truth the church does need money to function. So that is why in this series on the church, we need to stop and consider what the Bible has to say about the church and about money and how they go together. What I have found as a significant theme in Scripture is that we are to be stewards of what God gives to us as followers of Christ. That is not different in the church and how it handles money; we must be stewards of it and handle it with integrity.
So here is the sermon in a sentence “the church must be good stewards displaying financial integrity in how money is secured, spent, and saved.”
It is important to define some terms here. So when I say integrity, I am meaning honesty before God in how funds are handled.
When I say stewardship, I am meaning all of our resources, not just the church’s resources but our personal resources as well. I will advocate that they do not belong to us but that they belong to the Lord and that we will give an account for how we use the resources that He has entrusted to us as a church and personally.
This whole topic of money is not a minor topic in the Bible. The book of Proverbs actually has a lot to say about it. Jesus actually spoke about money and possessions in 16 of his 38 recorded parables. In the gospels alone, 1 out of every 10 verses deals directly with money. For comparison, the Bible has 500 verses that are on prayer, less than 500 that are on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. So obviously, I cant deal with all of the verses today.