North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..January 2017
It is with great pleasure I pen this documentary for the month of January. As we pen this documentary, if you recall, we shared on New Year ‘s Eve that God, through the bloodshed of Jesus Christ, wanted us to look beyond how society sees us, and how society strives to make us feel unwanted, unappreciated and unvalued because we are overlooked by society and handpicked by God.
Now! During the month of January and throughout the year of 2017, and onward in life’s journey, God wants us to understand that because we are handpicked by Him, through the bloodshed of His Son Jesus Christ, we are to learn to give His way. We must know and accept the fact that learning to give God’s way is the key to our success in this life.
Before we get into the meat of learning to give God’s way, let us set the record in order relative to what Apostle Paul shared in the ninth chapter of II Corinthian about giving as a man purposes in his heart.
First, may I say that many have erred in their attempt to explain this passage of scripture by saying that, as it is written, the requirement to tithe no longer exist. If you would note the book of Malachi chapter 3 and verse 6, makes it plain that God Himself said, “I am the Lord, and I change not.” The question is asked, “What is it that God is saying I change not about?” When you take a closer look at Malachi chapter 3 verse 10, you would note that God is saying, “Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Store House - Church House.” God is saying I have not changed in this regard. I want you to bring the full amount, 1/10th, of your first fruit, salary to the Store House (Church House). For what purpose, does God want us to bring the full amount of the tithes to the Church House? God wants us to bring the full amount of our tithes to the Church House so there would be plenty of food there. See the latter part of verse 10. Also, in the latter part of verse 10, God says, “Try me and see that I will open up the windows of heaven and pour out blessings you will not be able to hold.”
Learning to give God’s way, bring blessings and not curses. It was not Paul who instituted tithing, it was God! And, God said, “I change not.”
In this 9th chapter of II Corinthians, Paul is making a plea to help fellow Christian who were not in the Store House – Church House. This plea is over and above tithe. And, because it is over and above tithe, Paul must ask that each man (person) gives as he has decided in their heart to give; not grudging or because they feel that they must do so out of necessity.
Learning to give God’s way is giving above the tithe requirement to meet the need of those who may not be directly linked to the Church House where we worship.
For example, very soon I will make a plea for funding to support the Foreign Mission, Benedict and Morris College and other organizations that are not within the walls of our Church House. Under these circumstances, we are not to take the food (money) from the church that is over the churches’ budget. Instead, we must ask that we give for the cause, even though we have given our tithe in the Church House. We must then search our heart, give and what the Lord will allow us to give as we purpose in our heart. We are to do so cheerfully, not grudgingly, not out of necessity but out of the mindset that God loves a cheerful giver.
When we learn to give God’s way, that is to give our tithe as required by God, and search our heart to give over the tithe to help other needed causes, God will give back to us bountifully.
I know He will because Paul said in this 9th chapter verses 6-7, “He that soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly. But he that soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully.”
When we learn how to give God’s way, we will become a cheerful giver to give over and above our tithe because we will fully understand that God loves a cheerful giver.
So, as we enter 2017 and move onward in life’s journey, let us ask God to give us the spirit to not only tithe, but to give over and above tithes to support the cause of those who are not in the “Store House or Church House.” To God be the glory!
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for January 2017
Learning to Give God's Way
What we do for Christ grows out of who we are in Christ
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666