X04.10...........Giving to "Every man"--What a Concept!!

In the new covenant church, giving was Spirit-lead directly to the needs of "every man"

I'll say it again.

In the church in the Bible, the giving of money or supplies of any kind, was directly lead by God (not rules of "tithe"!)--and given directly to the needs of "every man".

The Bible says this is so---oh--it may be almost completely ignored by most "major" church organizations---but whether anyone likes it or not--whether it fits anyone's experience--it's still in the Bible........

 

Ac 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Ac 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

Ac 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

 

(read these verses in context and see if this is not the case)

Now, there are many many excuses not to do things this way.....

"they were beginning the church and God needed "special obedience"--We are the already established church."

Well, this sounds okay--but just one question--what are the rules of giving in the "established church"?

Answer: give to the priesthood of the church (the old covenant government of the church)--to the church leaders---and they will decide how to distribute things. (which often means they will give a big portion of the money to build the church building---and usually very little to the direct needs of the Gospel!) Look at Acts 4:35---they gave the money to the apostles--but all of it was distributed to the needs of "every man".

 

Our problem is that the church has changed so much since the times of the Bible, that we do not really recognize what they were doing (even though the rules are all in the Bible!)

Here is the giving plan of the new covenant church.....

 

1. As we said--give to every man. but why? doesn';t the Bible say that "ministers" have the right to receive money? Yes, this is true--but in he bible, every man had the right to operate in ministry--to serve God....

 

Mr 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1Co 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

 

1 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 ¶ With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ........11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11)

Yes, the gift of operating in "5-fold" ministry is a gift "given unto every one of us".

Ministry in the Bible was not a title of rulership or authority over other believers (as is the strong tradition of the Western church. "ministry" is service--and specifically NOT authority over other believers--and a gift for "every man"..

 

42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. (Mark 10: 42-44)

the new testament church operated by apostleship---they met in small groups often (every day if possible). they prayed together, received a word from God--and acted upon it. (giving to the needs that God had, as He requested service to His Gospel)

5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship.... (Romans 1:5)

and that's why the Bible says that apostles are the first priority in the church...

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers...... (Acts 12: 28)

Now notice--1st apostles---second "prophets".

Who has the right to prophecy within the church?

Once again---"every man"

1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
1Co 14:26 ¶ How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

(notice: 1Corinthians 14:26 gives the right to prophecy and teach to "every one of you"--albeit, one by one, and 2 or 3 at any given meeting---BUT---not a ruling ministry of teaching which tradition hands us)

 

So--here is the concept we seem to have so much trouble with:

ministry is simple service to God---gifts---which God has put in every one. But very important gifts which are meant to build His kingdom and spread His Gospel (praying for the sick, witnessing salvation, praying for deliverance and feeding the poor--in Jesus' name). these ministry gifts are for anyone to have--"annointings" that anyone can have and use and operate in--and they are NOT rulership titles--they re NOT exclusive to only the "ordained and educated" among us--in fact the Bible tells us that some of the most valuable gifts are to be found in the least of us (romans 12--ephesians 4--1Corinthains 12-14)

the giving in the church was to "every man"--because "every man" had a ministry to fulfill.

did you know that we will be judged by this service to God?

1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

 

So, again we repeat---

In the new covenant church, giving was Spirit-lead directly to the needs of "every man"

 

2Co 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Wouldn't it be cheerful to give, as God leads you, to the ministry of every one within the church?

What a concept!