Church Membership and the Value of God's Kingdom - Part 4, Volume 3
TEXT: 2 Tim 2:20-21, 1 Cor. 3:13-15, 2 kings 4:1-2
MEMORY VERSE: Matt 26:7-8 – “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of VERY PRECIOUS OINTMENT, and POURED it on his head, as he sat at MEAT. But when HIS DISCIPLES saw it, they had INDIGNATION, saying, to what PURPOSE is this WASTE”
To understand that members have responsibilities toward the kingdom and their pastors. For members to realise that they can go the extra mile beyond tithes and offerings in doing the work of the kingdom. To remind members that God will not be happy seeing his servants suffer and also that every labour will be rewarded.
Once upon a time, a Christian woman after listening to our mother Mama Josephine; the wife our bishop, she sent her these words! “Ah! You are a woman of God with a good reputation, so gentle in heart, a loving and caring mother. What else can I say; in fact you have it all. The Ruth of this generation; mummy more grace to you. An able teacher of the gospel, may the world hear your voice ma. Your message is so enlightening. Thank God for giving us people like you. God bless you and your family, more grace and long life”. She did this because she had been following the teachings of Mama James over the internet. Prov. 31:10-30.
Notice this; here is another person speaking, encouraging, praising and appreciating a woman who labours on others like you. How do you grade your spiritual parents and your pastors as they labour in your life? It is not easy to be a Pastor! It is not easy to lead people! Many people complain about the little department they handle, yet accuse the pastor of doing nothing in the church! Here Paul was addressing Timothy, telling him all he had gone through, and yet God deliver him. What you hear from people are complaints, while they do nothing. It is easy to preach on an altar on which another man has laboured and raised souls; but when it is your turn to win souls and raise a church you complain against your leader for being wicked. Think about this. 2 Tim 3:10-17.
SOME MISTAKES CHURCH MEMBERS MAKE CONCERNING THE PASTOR
- Sometimes church members think that when they pay the church rent, the pastor's house rent, buy church office equipment; that they are helping the pastor. Remember whatever you give to build the church is church property. The servant of God needs his personal properties for his life and future. 2 Kings 4:8-11.
- When the pastor is neglected, you are simply telling him to get a job outside the church. Some church members quickly forget the state in which they were before coming to the church and how God through the servant of God has blessed and changed their lives. When people have problems, they behave like lambs with much respect and humility, but when they become great and blessed they become lions and roar with disrespect and dishonour. Think about this; we may also be victims of the same character. 2 Kings 4:1-2, 2 Tim. 4:10-18.
- Do you think every pastor must work and still pastor the church? Or do you think that some are called to full time, focusing on the church work alone? If every pastor must get a job and establish a business, then who will pray for you in emergencies? Who will at the church and plan the future of the ministry? Who will do other necessary things for the church? This is a big mistake and error to think every pastor must establish a business or work in an office; if you really think every pastor should have a job or business then our bishop and the wife must go to the Central Market, Congo Market or Nkoulou and establish for themselves a business or look for a job in a company. Neh. 13:10-14, 1 Cor. 9:7-14, 1 Tim. 5:17-18, Gal. 6:6-10, Luke 8:1-3.
- Jesus told his disciples to leave everything and follow him and to do the work of the kingdom. They left everything and did the work of the kingdom perfectly. Today pastors have to work to meet their needs and even the little tithes and offerings are still disputed to pay the bills of the church; what a shame? Does it mean church members don't have the conscience to know that if the pastor gives much time to the work of God, he will produce more results? Luke 5:1-11. Read Luke 5:11, 27-28, Matt. 4:18-22 very carefully. Jesus says, “The workman is worthy of his wages.” Who pays the wages? Those who receives the blessings from the word of God. Matt. 10:7-11, Gal. 6:6-10, 1 Thess. 5:12-13.
- The Presbytery and Pastoral Council of Dominion Faith have just decided that the tithes and first fruits and some others offerings will take care of the pastors from now. When the word of God is turned upside down, blessings don’t abide with the members of the church. Tithes are never to be used for other things; they are for God's servants because they have left all things and followed the work of the kingdom. More teachings on tithes and offerings will be given for more clarifications. Numb. 18:8-32, Deut. 14:22-29, Ezek. 44:30-31, Neh. 10:37-39, Neh. 13:10-14, Mal. 3:8-14, Deut. 26:1-19, Lev 27:30-32,
- If an individual member pays the house rent, electric bill, water bill, telephone bill or other bills of the pastor, you are not helping the pastor you are helping the church carry out its responsibility; those are part of the church’s needs and not the pastor's needs. Listen to 1 Cor. 9:13-14., “Do you not know that they which MINISTER about holy things live of the things of the temple? And they which wait at the altar are partakers of the altar? Even so has the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel SHOULD LIVE of the gospel.” What are those needs? They include School fees, Personal lands and/or houses, daily food, wears and shoes, everything necessary for daily living and the establishment of the family for future. etc. 1 Cor. 9:7-14.
Some members are agents of the devil. They always look for an opportunity to bring in some trouble; when there is peace they are not happy. Their real name could be EVIL or OPPOSITION. They are angry when the spiritual leader lives well; they look to pity parties to form a company of opposition. Never ever join such people because the end is always disastrous. Rom. 16:17-20.