It isn’t enough to simply bring an offering, but to be committed to offering God the first and the very best. It cannot and should not be an afterthought, or an offering of whatever might be available at the time. In this lesson, Mike explores the idea of commitment and what that has meant to God and His people over time.
In Deuteronomy 16:16-17, the Bible says, “each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.” But why does God ask us to give? Does He need our money, or sacrifices, or offerings? No, is a reflection of our hearts; a response to God out of our recognition of His blessings. In this lesson, Mike begins a journey through Scripture to reveal God’s will regarding the way we give back to God.
In Acts 6, the early church needed someone to take on the responsibility of feeding a group of widows that were being overlooked. The apostles did not assume that responsibility since they needed to give their attention “to prayer and the ministry of the word.” So, the apostles appointed seven men to serve (diakanos).