United Baptist Church of Scranton
Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00 AM
Thoughts from the Pastor
September 30, 2019
A special note of encouragement: Since I have been here I have tried to guide us all to what the Bible says. One of the things that most church's are concerned with and we are no different is money. It's one of the hardest topics for me personally to address. As the church grows, yes we are growing. We are doing more ministry and so we are spending more money. This is not a guilt trip. I have learned that people don't know what the needs are unless you tell them. The only thing I ask is that we as a church body have a biblical perspective on our giving. Part of being a Christian is giving of our money even if we don't have much. The biggest way God provides is through His people, through His church. I promise I will not send many of these sort of emails out. My encouragement to you is that if you are a member or a regular attender, if you consider UBC to be your church home please give what God has put on your heart to give. If you can't give or don't want to give, no one is going to say anything to you. This is between you and God but I feel as your pastor I need to encourage you to just keep your finger on the page and to put your money where you faith is. We have done new things and have plans to do VBS again next year, outreaches the rest of the year and next year, to hire a music person in the near future and keep helping those in need! We need faithful and cheerful givers!
Below is an article from www.gotquestions.org it explains my view on giving very well. Please don't take this email another way than me letting you know yes we are in need and to encourage you to be a cheerful giver to honor Jesus.Before the article, you can give money and give time. We are also in need of people serving in our church! As we continue to grow it means we have more work to do! Thank you for putting up with my babbling! Here is the article
Question: "What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe?"
Answer: Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.
Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.
After the death of Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, the New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says gifts should be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving.
The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the body of Christ. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5). Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
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Thoughts from the Pastor
July 17th, 2019
This past Sunday I preached about our vision and what the purpose of our church is. We will continue that thought as we dig into 1 Corinthians 12 and we talk about the body of Christ. Specifically how we operate together with our personal spiritual gifts. Like the human body, the body of Christ is made up of lots of different parts. This Sunday I will give everyone a Spiritual Gift inventory to help you get a better understanding on what gifts you have. Once we know what our gifts are, then we can serve the church to achieve our purpose. Once we all find out how God has gifted us, we then as a church can better understand how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
A special note: The heat is on it's way for our area. This Friday and Saturday July 19th and 20th we will have free bottled water out in front of our church during the day. It is one way we as a church can care for our community.
Thoughts from the Pastor
Why Do we exist?
July 11, 2019
This upcoming Sunday I will be preaching about vision. Maybe a question we should start with is why does our church exist? It seems in many churches that they have lost there vision and really don't have a clue why they are even existing. As I listen to conversations in our church it seems we have the same problem. Maybe in our own lives we have asked the question, "what on earth am I here for". We should be asking the same question in our churches today. I believe it's time for us to stop playing church and to be the church. To stop being religious and making sure we do all the right religious things in our churches each Sunday.
The purpose of meeting with a group of believers every Sunday is clear in Acts 2:42, "They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the braking of bread and to prayer".
So the four things we should be doing together is: 1. Teaching 2. Fellowship 3. Worship 4. Prayer
Those are the four things we should be doing as a body of Christ. We as a church exist to do the same four things the early church did.
Their is more that we need to do as a church and as a group of followers of Jesus Christ. Hopefully this wets your appetite to hear more about vision and purpose this Sunday.