“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to be rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Tim. 6:6-10.
Challenge Enterprises of Ghana organized a National Pastors’ and Christian Leaders Conference 2010 themed “HOLDING FORTH THE BANNER OF MINISTERIAL INTEGRITY” in Accra and Kumasi from 30th August – 3rd September 2010 and 6th – 10th September, 2010 respectively. The speakers included Dr. Charles C. Bing – Grace Life Ministries, USA, Bro. Gbile Akanni – Living Seed Ministries, Nigeria, Most Rev. Dr. Aboagye Mensah – Former Presiding Bishop, the Methodist Church, Ghana. In the next couple of weeks, we will be publishing the notes of the conference. Please continue to enjoy!
We would agree that money is a large part of life. We need money to pay for needs. We work for money, our society functions because of money, our major decisions seem to be determined by money.
Money is a large part of life, but also a large part of ministry. Is there a pastor who does not care about how much money he earns? Is there a pastor who does not need more money in his church? Money was a source of the first problem that arose from within the church. Acts 5 tells us about Ananias and Sapphira who held back some of the money from the sale of their land. Satan used it to threaten the early church in its most vulnerable stage. They were disciplined with death because their threat to the church was so severe.
Since that time, the church has had to deal with money problems. Since Ananias and Sapphira, money has tempted the integrity of Christians and ministers of the gospel. Paul told Timothy that there are those in the church who think that “godliness is a means of gain” – 1 Tim. 6:5. Unfortunately, there are some in the ministry that are more attracted by income than by ministry to others. Their godly behaviour is superficial, only deep enough to convince people to give them a paycheck.
Paul says, “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” Then he explains, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrow.” – 1 Tim. 6:9-10.
If we talk about integrity in ministry, we must talk about integrity in our finances. Money is another aspect of the stewardship that has been given to us.
a. Learn to be content in your personal finances – Phlp. 4:10-19
b. Submit your right to income for the sake of the gospel – 1 Cor. 9:1-23
c. Be accountable in managing ministry finances – 2 Cor. 8:16-24
d. Appeal to proper motives for giving – 2 Cor. 9:5-7
Money is certainly an area that tests our integrity. Let us not be like Balaam of the Old Testament who compromised his integrity for money. Let us be like the Apostle Paul who knew the dangers that come with handling money and took the appropriate steps. Paul was not in the ministry to become rich, but to use money for the glory of God. He had learned to be content with what God brought His way. He was even willing to go without payment. He showed great accountability concerning finances, and he appealed to the proper motivations for people to give.
Are you handling your personal finances and ministry finances openly and honesty? Can any opponent accuse you of impropriety, or are you taking cautious to prevent such accusations? Are you in ministry for money? Are you content with what God has given you? Do you allow people to give freely and cheerfully?
Money can be the root of all kinds of evil or it can be the means for all kinds of good that can be done for the glory of God.
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Invitation: Christmas Concert
We are privileged to invite you to our Christmas Concert with the Harmonious Chorale performing. Details of the programme are as follows:
Theme: Welcoming the King of Glory
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Venue: Labone Secondary School, Accra
We will be honoured to have you join us to make the evening a memorable one.