Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook

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December 19, 2020

     Thinking on Scripture is a free-grace ministry that relies on the contributions of others. Financial giving to support ministry is biblical. The Gospel of Luke informs us that Jesus and His twelve disciples were personally funded by several women who traveled with them (Luke 8:1-3). Luke tells us these included, “Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means” (Luke 8:2b-3). Jesus and His disciples could afford to pay for their daily needs because of the gracious contributions of these women. Their financial gifts to support Jesus and His disciples had an immediate and eternal impact on the lives of many and are still yielding results today.

     Grace-giving means we give with an open-hand, from the bounty of our own resources, to help advance God’s work in the lives of others. This grace-giving attitude is set forth in the Bible. The apostle Paul was supported financially by Christians who gave to his ministry (2 Cor 9:1-15). Those who gave to him helped advance the gospel and biblical teaching. Paul explained their giving needed to be with the right attitude, as he wrote, “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7).

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