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Isaiah 52:7

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Biblical Foundations for Raising Support

The Bible contains numerous examples of both Jesus, His disciples and the Apostles depending on the financial support of others during their ministry. Luke 8:1-3 says, “Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.” These women, among others, were paying the expenses for Jesus to travel through the cities “bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.” Jesus depended on others for support.

In Matthew 10:9-10 Jesus says when sending out the twelve, “Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs, for a worker is worthy of his food (or support).” He repeats this in Luke 10:7 when he sent out over 70 believers.

Paul paraphrases the same idea in 1 Corinthians 9:14, "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel." Paul states this again directly in 1 Timothy 5:18, "For the Scripture says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,' and 'The worker deserves his wages.'"

In Philippians 4:18, Paul says to the Macedonians about their gifts, “Indeed I have all and abound, I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.”

These examples indicate that seeking the support of other believers is endorsed in the Bible through Jesus' example and instruction, and that supporting the ministry of believers through giving to meet those needs is an acceptable offering to God.

Mission Fundraising Introduction

Steve N., Missions Coordinator (Email)
Shari Michlitch, Missions Assistant (Email)

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