Funding the Work of God Bible Study

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Funding the Work of God


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One of the major obstacles new missionaries face is funding. Accusations have been made that churches, preachers, missionaries, and Christian ministries are, at best, inept in money matters and, at worst, downright scoundrels. On the other hand, missionaries have an extraordinary opportunity to model biblical finances to a watching world


The scriptures listed with each question are not meant to give a final answer, but simply to get you started in your search.


Before you begin, jot down any fears or concerns you have about raising financial support:


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Most of our financial values were not formed from the Bible,
but from our families and environment as we grew up.


Funding Examples

  1. Fundraising examples in scripture:

Fill in the funding examples chart on the following pages:


Funding the Work of God

How God funded ministry in the Bible


Example References Provider/Receiver Relationship between Provider and Receiver Was the need made known?
Was there an appeal or a suggested amount?



Levitical


2 Chron. 31:4
Num. 18:21-24
Deut. 14:22-29
Self-support


Acts 18:1-5
1 Thess. 2:9
Neh. 13:10
2 Thess. 3:8,9
Hospitality


Matt. 10:5-15
Ministry group


Luke 8:1-3
Gal. 6:6
Quail/Manna


Ex. 16:13-17
Josh. 5:12

Funding the Work of God

How God funded ministry in the Bible


Example References Provider/Receiver
Relationship between Provider & Receiver
Was the need made known?
Was there an appeal or a suggested amount?



Personal appeal


Rom. 15:20-24
2 Cor. 1:16
1 Cor. 16:6
Third Party


Philemon
Titus 3:14
2 Cor. 8 and 9
1 Cor. 16:1-5
3 John 5-8
Rom. 15:25-29
Neh. 13:10-13
Acts 11:27-30
Church Sponsor Phil. 4:10-20
Raven


1 Kings 17:1-7

Funding the Work of God

How God funded ministry in the Bible


Example References Provider/Receiver
Relationship between Provider and Receiver
Was the need made known?
Was there an appeal or a suggested amount?



Widow 1 Kings 17:8-16
Angel


1 Kings 19:1-8
Tabernacle Ex. 25 - 31
Ex. 35 - 40
Temple 1 Chron. 29
2 Chron. 2
Community Acts 4:32-5:11
Acts 2:44-45

Funding the Work of God

How God funded ministry in the Bible


Example References Provider/Receiver
Relationship between Provider and Receiver
Was the need made known?
Was there an appeal or a suggested amount?



Joash repairing the temple 2 Chron. 24:4-14
Cyrus rebuilding the temple


Ezra 1
Nehemiah Neh. 2:1-8
Samuel 1 Sam. 9:7,8
Synagogue Luke 21:1-4

In light of these scriptural examples, what is your opinion of the George Mueller practice of "telling no one but God"?

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* Biographical note: George Mueller was a 19th century pastor who ran an orphanage. He had been financially irresponsible before coming to Christ. After his conversion, he vowed not to make public appeals for needs and "to tell no one but God."

Funding the Work of God


Questions of Conscience


2. Missionaries sometimes feel guilty or like they're on "welfare". Is it biblical to be supported by others to do the work of God? Would it be better if missionaries were self-supporting "tentmakers"?


Num. 18:21-24_______________________________________________

Num. 8:14_______________________________________________

Luke 8:1-3_______________________________________________

1 Cor. 9:1-18_______________________________________________

Phil. 4:10-20_______________________________________________

Acts 18:1-5_______________________________________________

1 Thess. 2:9_______________________________________________

Acts 20:33-35______________________________________________

2 Thess. 3:6-12______________________________________________

Other ______________________________________________

Other ______________________________________________


3. "I enjoy raising support for others but not for myself." Is it biblical for missionaries to make financial appeals for their own ministry?


Rom. 15:20-24______________________________________________

2 Cor. 1:16______________________________________________

1 Cor. 16: 5,6______________________________________________

1 Kings 17: 1-16______________________________________________

Other ______________________________________________

Other ______________________________________________


4. Is it biblical to raise financial support from strangers or from people you do not know well? Should support come primarily from those to whom you've ministered?


Gal. 6:6 _____________________________________________

Rom. 15:20-24 _____________________________________________

3 John 5 - 8 _____________________________________________

2 Cor. 12:13 _____________________________________________

Matt. 10:5-15 _____________________________________________

Rom. 15:27 _____________________________________________

Other _____________________________________________

Other _____________________________________________


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5. What about making financial appeals to nonbelievers? How about to family members?


Acts 10: 2 - 4 _______________________________________________

3 John 5 - 7_______________________________________________

Neh. 2: 1-8 _______________________________________________

Other _______________________________________________

Other ______________________________________________


6. What about financial appeals to those who are not as well off as you? Or are already giving heavily?


2 Cor. 9:7________________________________________________

Phil. 4:17________________________________________________

Deut. 16:17________________________________________________

2 Cor. 8:2,3________________________________________________

Luke 21:1-4________________________________________________

Other ________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________


Accountability


7. Should missionaries be allowed to start their assignment before they've raised their full support?


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8. Do you agree with the statement, "God's will done in God's way never lacks God's supply"?


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Tentmaking


9. Under what circumstances (if any) should a missionary develop funding through "tentmaking"? How does "calling" relate to this issue?


Acts 18:1-5________________________________________________

Neh. 13:10________________________________________________

2 Thess. 3:6-12________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________


10. How does a missionary's outside job or business affect his/her donors; how could it affect his/her ministry?


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11. It's helpful to do a study of Paul's examples of tentmaking in 3 cities -- Thessalonica (Acts 17; 2 Thess. 3:8-9); Corinth (Acts 18; 1 & 2 Corinthians, 2 Cor. 12:13); and Ephesus (Acts 20:33-34; Ephesians). What can you learn about Paul's reasons for supporting himself in some places and not in others?


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Funding the Work of God


Personal Financial Management


12. According to Proverbs, list the guidelines for Becoming Wealthy:Becoming Poor:


Prov 3:16__________________. Prov 10: 4__________________

Prov 10:4__________________ Prov 13:18__________________

Prov 11:25__________________ Prov 14:23__________________

Prov 12:11__________________ Prov 20:4__________________

Prov 14:23__________________ Prov 21:5__________________

Prov 28:19__________________ Prov 21:17__________________

Prov 28:27__________________ Prov 22:16__________________

Prov 23:21__________________

Prov 28:19__________________ Prov 28:22__________________

Prov 28:27__________________


Observations/Comments on guidelines from Proverbs:


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13. Do you agree with the statement, "Fundraising is just as valid as evangelism"? And, "People are more important than money"?


Luke 16:10-12________________________________________________

1 Tim. 5:8________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________


14. Better to have _________________ than wealth.


Proverbs 10:22 _______________Proverbs 22:1 ______________

Proverbs 16:16 _______________Proverbs 28:6 ______________

Proverbs 17:1 _______________Proverbs 31:10 ______________

Proverbs 20:15 _______________


15. What do you consider to be the proper versus improper use of credit cards?


Prov. 22:7________________________________________________

Psalm 37:21________________________________________________

Rom. 13:8________________________________________________

Prov. 3:27, 28________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________


16. Should missionaries use their personal savings or personal investments to fund themselves? What about to get started?


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17. Should personal loans from friends or family be accepted for major purchases such as a home? What are the pros and cons?


Prov. 11:15________________________________________________

Prov. 24:27________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________

Other________________________________________________


18. At what standard should missionaries set their lifestyles?


Matt. 11:18,19 _____________________________________________

Prov. 30:8,9 _____________________________________________

1 Cor. 8:7-13 _____________________________________________

1 Tim. 5:17,18 _____________________________________________

Other _____________________________________________

Other _____________________________________________


  1. If a missionary can just get by in life and ministry at 60% or 80% of their budget, should they try to reach 100%?

Prov. 6:6-11 ________________________________________________

Prov. 13:22 ________________________________________________

Prov. 21:20 ________________________________________________

Prov. 30:24,25 ________________________________________________

Other ________________________________________________

Other ________________________________________________


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Summary


List 5 conclusions/observations as a result of your study.


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Which 2 verses did you find especially helpful on financial matters?


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Application: Is there anything specific you feel you need to change or apply to your situation?


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Is there a verse you'd like to memorize?


List any unanswered questions or continuing concerns as a result of your study.


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Further study suggestions: Read through Proverbs, noting every verse that deals with finances. Meditate and catalog them topically.