Preparing Budgets at Home and at Church

Many Christian congregations are preparing their income and expenditure guidelines for the next calendar year. As they prepare, so it behooves you to prepare as well. These passages from Holy Scripture are suitable for your meditation on how to support the preaching of the Gospel and administration of the Sacraments in your congregation:

The Lord commanded that those who proclaim the Gospel should get their living by the Gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Let the one who is taught the Word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:6-7)

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:17-18)

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17)

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