ATTENDANCE: Christ declares that Christians are made by baptizing and teaching, that is, Word and Sacrament (Matthew 28:19). The Apostle John declares that this same Lord makes His presence among His believers and strengthens them in the faith through the means of Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the Word of the Gospel pronounced, read, preached, and taught (1 John 5:6-12). Jesus, the Light of the world (John 8:12) declares that by His Gospel given through Word and Sacrament, Christians become lights in the world around them (Matthew 5:16). History proves that attendance numbers will not change by programs or gimmicks. Such things do not truly introduce people to Jesus. His Christians do! The Lord sends His Gospel invitation into all nations through His people, that is, His church.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS: God’s Word teaches that the use of our possessions is an accurate predictor and indicator of our spiritual health (Matt. 6:1-4,33; Luke 21:14; 2 Cor. 8:1-12; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 1 Chron. 29:1-9; Prov. 11:24-25; Acts 20:35; Hag. 1:2-4). Be strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel to give and serve generously in thanksgiving for your salvation!
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse… Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it” (Malachi 3:10).