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How Churches Can Protect Themselves From Overcharges

How can churches protect themselves from overcharges on credit cards or monthly expenses?

Monthly Expenses

Our church recently had to install a new heating and air conditioning unit. That hurt! This was thousands of dollars more than our maintenance budget and emergency budget had in them…combined! Apparently, we dropped the ball on the maintenance side to save a few dollars and ended up paying for it big time. The new unit doesn’t need as much maintenance but if we had included a few dollars a month to maintaining the old one, perhaps it would still be here today. We should have planned better and so we started making an inventory of our monthly expenses to see where we were borrowing trouble by neglecting church’s facilities. After that wakeup call, we started looking at how much our monthly expenses were and then looked for ways to help stabilize them or bring them down but also to plan for “major expenses” ahead of time. Perhaps the roof is shot, the plumbing leaks, or the electricity has issues. Every home would do well to follow an inventory of their monthly expenses, but so too would a church. We found a couple of duplications in our inventory of expenses and were able to save money right away but we also avoided a big problem with our plumbing. It actually saved our church money to do monthly facilities checks and keep track of our expenses.

Why Does A Church Need Bylaws?

Why does a church need to have policies and bylaws?

The Author of Order

I was once asked why some churches require membership and why churches have policies, procedures, and bylaws. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints” (1st Cor 14:33) and that “everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way” (1st Cor 14:40), so there must be order in how things are run at the church. Can you imagine everyone speaking at the same time during a board meeting? What about during services, Sunday school or Bible study? How could anyone ever learn anything if there wasn’t a prescribed order of events or proper sequences of events during the operations of church business and worship services? The importance of a church having order and a good constitution consisting of policies, procedures, and bylaws would be obvious if the church had none of these. Chaos would rule and just like the time of the Judges in Israel, every man would do what seemed right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).

Why Every Christian Should Share The Gospel

Why every Christian should actively share their faith.

A Christ-Centered Church

I heard an old pastor once say; “We can never bring people into the church unless we bring Christ into the church” and I would add, we can never bring people to Christ if we don’t talk about Christ. As the Apostle Paul observed, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching” (Rom 10:14) but Paul wasn’t talking about an ordained minister. He was writing this letter to the Romans and telling them that they will never call upon Him to be saved if they never hear about Whom they are to call upon! You want to have a person reach the point where they ask “Who is he [Jesus], sir?” “the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him” (John 9:36)." The man told us what we need to do; “tell [them] so that [they] may believe in him.”

Why We Need The Church

Why do Christians need the church? Is church irrelevant today?

Not a Solo Act

Have we outlived the usefulness of the church?  Is the church that Jesus built still relevant in this post-modern world?  The truth is that that are no solo Christians in the entire New Testament church.  Instead, we find believers are always in community with one another in every single case (Acts 2:42-27).  For those who reject the church, which Jesus instituted to exist forever and of which, not even the gates of hell can prevail against it (Matt 16:18), what is a person’s basis for rejecting the church? Yes, some churches that don’t preach the whole counsel of God may be irrelevant to God and to mankind but the biblical preaching of every church doing so is never irrelevant because the power to save is within the gospel itself (Rom 1:16). Even so, some have said that they don’t need church, but really, the church needs them. There are dozens of “one another’s” in the New Testament showing that we are called into the fellowship of the saints. There are no “Lone Ranger” Christian’s in the first century church. The model of the first century church was this; “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42) “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:44-45) and they were “attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people” and as a result, “the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47). How can churchless Christians do such things when sitting at home?

How Churches Can Create Their Own Bible Studies

Here’s how you can create and personalize your own Bible studies or Sunday school lessons for your own church.

In the Book of Acts we see a pattern that the church used in the first century as it says “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42) but what was the apostle’s teachings or doctrine? It was those things that Jesus taught them and which He commanded them to teach others (Matt 28:19-20) but we still have the “apostle’s teachings” with us today. They come in the form of the New Testament. A few years ago our church decided to create our own Bible studies and Sunday school lessons from the Scriptures themselves. The only thing we did was to copy and paste the scriptures and put the questions “who, what, when, where, why, and how” to them.


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