Top 7 Bible Verses About Raising Money or Fundraising

Top 7 Bible Verses About Raising Money or Fundraising February 24, 2016

Here are seven Bible verses concerning raising money or fundraising.

Third John 3:5-8 “Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”

If not for the Gentiles, many of the Jews would have never heard the gospel but it was because of “strangers” who supported the work of God that they were able to share the gospel with the Jews so the Apostle John reasons “we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” and by their effort, through for example the Scriptures, we are reaping what others have sown.

First Corinthians 16:1-3 “Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.”

The Apostle Paul apparently wanted the collect for the saints to occur during their worship services and so when they gathered together on Sunday, the first day of the week, they were directed to make a collection for the persecuted and starving Christians in Jerusalem. Apparently Paul had directed the churches in Galatia to do the very same thing.

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Second Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Here is evidence that there is not a specific amount that we must give. The Old Testament taught, and some still believe, that we should give 10% of our income to God. If someone asks, “Is that gross or net,” I doubt they understand. Everything is God’s. None of it is ours, including our money. Name one thing we did not received from God (1st Cor 4:7). We should give, not out compulsion, guilt or that we “must tithe,” but out of a cheerful heart. Let each one decide for themselves what to give and they won’t be doing math; they’ll be giving cheerfully. It might be more than 10% or it might be less. That is up to them. It may depend on what they’re able to give.

Matthew 19:22 “When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”

The rich man who came to Jesus to find out what he must do to receive eternal life didn’t get it. It’s not about what you do but about what Jesus did. Many of the world’s religion are “do, do, do” or “do this, this, this and then that.” It is only in Christianity that it is “done” in Christ; once for all time (Eph 2:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1st Pet 3:18). Instead of following Jesus, the young man followed his own god…money. The young man had money and Jesus, knowing his heart, may have known that money was his god and by not helping the poor, it was sin since “whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17).

Luke 8:1-4 “Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.”

Most people might not realize that the primary financial supporters of Jesus weren’t the disciples or other men but women. These included “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others.” How many is not clear but many would mean more than were just mentioned. In God’s eyes, even the widow’s mite was more than all the others since she gave all that she had. That is a sacrificial giving that the rich never had to experience. What was worse, they gave so that everyone would see them. No one noticed the poor widow who gave so little, yet she out-gave them all!

First Timothy 5:18 “For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

If you have ever seen an ox at a grain-grinding mill, you might notice that they don’t put a muzzle on them. Some cultures do but God’s law forbids it because it’s inhumane to expect an animal to work producing food and not be able to eat at least some of it. If someone is obviously laboring for the Lord, why would we not want to support him or her? It seems cruel to send out a missionary and then not give them any provisions on which to live.

First Corinthians 9:13-14 “Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.”

Here is where Paul clearly indicates that those who proclaim the gospel should receive their living by the gospel as Paul wrote, “If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you” (1st Cor 9:11)? There were times though that Paul had to work, as a tentmaker, and today we’d call a pastor or missionary, bi-vocational. That’s a hard road to travel because Paul, after working all day, then likely taught the believers in the Scriptures till late at night; especially knowing Paul (Acts 20:9).

Conclusion

Jesus tells us that what we treasure the most is what is closest to our hearts. Our priorities can be far from right though (Matt 6:33). Sometimes, our hearts can be tied to our wallet. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21) and so He tells us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt 6:19-20). I hear the security system up in heaven is second to none; your treasures are safe.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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  • pud

    “I hear the security system up in heaven is second to none; your treasures are safe.”

    When I was a child, I thought like a child….do you know that verse jack? Tell me what you know of “heaven” will you? What will you do for the first 100 Trillion years?

  • pud

    “that we should give 10% of our income to God.”

    Why does “god” need money jack? Is he not all powerful, timeless, eternal etc?

    How can you exist in the real world with notions like this rattling around in your head?

    • Meepestos

      “that we should give 10% of our income to God.” A lot of those Churches require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. As if those opulent ones are necessary for their charities. ; ) Turn then into museums, galleries, condos, and medical clinics, I say.

      • pud

        They should all be turned into pubs or rec centers…maybe homeless shelters…”god” knows no christian lets the homeless shelter in one of their “houses of the lord” Funny that huh?

        • Meepestos
          • pud

            It’s a start!

        • John Schweizer

          Pud, you are sadly, if not willfully uninformed. Many churches do house the homeless. I am one in many have slept many nights on a cot in my own church, caring for homeless people sleeping in my church after we had fed and cared for them. In addition, mont if the inner city homeless shelters soup kitchens and food banks are funded by donations from individual church members and staffed by volunteers. Have you personally investigated opportunities opportunities to volunteer to serve those less fortunate?

          • Jack Wellman

            Thank you Mr. Schweizer. You are right sir…in nearby Wichita (KS) there is a homeless shelter that is supported by several churches in the area and they provide meals, showers, and necessities.

  • Per Deuteronomy 22:28-29 you can also sell your daughter to her rapist for 50 shekels…

  • Michael G Noble

    Instead of reading the whole blog first, I have learned to go through the Biblical references first instead to ensure context. Sure enough, the context for the very first Biblical reference is incorrect. 3 John is speaking concerning the efforts if Gaius, specifically, not to missionaries or the like, secondly, Gaius is the one “receiving” those in “hospitality” who are ministering into his home.

    Jesus commanded his disciples in John 10 as follows:

    7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
    9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
    10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

    Clearly, Jesus NEVER said we should ask for money nor should we fund-raise. Bottom line, you either believe that God will do what he says or not.

    24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.