Category Archives: Benevolence

Ministering to Needy Brethren : The Sheep and the Goats

by Keith Sharp | Parables of the Master  | Matthew 25:31-46 In Matthew 25:1-30 the Master taught two parables, the Ten Virgins (verses 1-13) and the Talents (verses 14-30), to teach His disciples to be ready for His return. Now, two days … Continue reading

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Questions from Arkansas about Benevolence

Questions My high school Bible class is studying church benevolence. Please answer the following questions about benevolence: If a member of the local church is hurt and unable to work, is there authority for the local church to help him/her financially? ( … Continue reading

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Question from Ethiopia about Tithing

Question I have a question as usually, please I would like to have sound understanding and am writing booklet on the teaching of tithe in OT and offering in NT church (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)

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Local Control

Author : Keith Sharp Central to the nondenominational nature of the church of Christ is the principle of local control. What does this mean? It certainly does not apply to legislative (i.e., law making) power. Christ is the only Head of the … Continue reading

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A Discussion of the Benevolent Work of the Church

Message from Preacher in Tennessee A faithful brother and friend in Christ in Africa sent me a copy of certain of your handouts from when you were there in February of this year. He is very concerned about the damage you … Continue reading

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Visit Orphans and Widows

Author : Keith Sharp God requires that His people care for the poor and helpless (James 1:26-27). There is an order of responsibility. We must support our aged parents when they cannot support themselves, and a contribution to the church … Continue reading

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Question about How the Church and the Preacher May Use Their Money

Question Have someone here that believes that the money given can only be used for preaching the gospel or helping the poor. That a church cannot own a building. The preacher can only use his support for preaching, not personal use.

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Jesus Fed the Multitudes

Author : Keith Sharp Once while I was in American Samoa I had a heated discussion with an American missionary over the benevolent work of the church. He was defending the practice of churches with which he worked, which sent … Continue reading

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Is the Church Only to Give Benevolent Aid to Widows Indeed?

Question I was wondering if you have ever run across the position that the church may only help out of the church treasury widows indeed, preachers, and elders? I preached on benevolence and I taught that the church has the … Continue reading

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Old Testament Israel and the Benevolent Work of the Church

Author : Keith Sharp Brethren argue that Old Testament Israel was allowed to render benevolent aid to Gentiles and that, if the church cannot give benevolent aid to sinners, it has a lower standard than Old Testament Israel. Old Testament … Continue reading

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