It’s an amazing description of the 1st century church from the book of Acts in the New Testament. They treated everything they had as though it was not their own. Check out this modern day version from this brief news report by CNN:
Church Gives Fresh Meaning to ‘Offering’ Plate
Most churches have church members put offerings into the collection plate – but one church has decided to do it backwards, CNN reports. Pastor Toby Slough at Cross Timbers Community Church in Texas told his congregation to take what they needed from the plate earlier this year, hoping to ease financial stress. When the church collected the plates again though, they found that the church had had its highest offering ever. Since that Sunday, Slough and his church have given away a half-million dollars to members, non-members, missions and local groups. “In these economic times, we can’t be so into church business that we forget what our business is, and that is to help people,” Slough told CNN television affiliate KDAF in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas.
How will we truly share with all who have need during this trying economic time?