Understanding Finances in the New Covenant
What does Highway Christian Community believe about “Kingdom Finances”:
Christians should be generous people, because God is a generous God. God gave according to the world’s need, and we should give according to our church family’s need.
It is in our nature as children of God to be generous.
We should be led by the Holy Spirit in how much to give, but that amount could be 5% it could 90%, whatever Holy Spirit leads us into.
We believe there should be an active partnership in our local church to whom we are committed. And generous mindsets always create faithful, responsible, and wealthy mindsets. (The principle of sowing and reaping.)
“Not giving” will not bring a curse on us, because Jesus bore all curses upon Himself on our behalf. But if we aren’t giving, we need to ask ourselves “why not?” How much faith do we really have in our Loving Father? And are we walking in the Spirit?
Frequently Asked Questions about Kingdom Finances:
1. Do you believe in tithing?
It depends on the context of the application.
We do not believe it is mandated/prescribed for the New Covenant believer, and the Mosaic Law tithing mandates (such as Leviticus, Numbers and Malachi) certainly no longer dictate to the New Covenant believer. But if a believer feels led by the Holy Spirit to give a tithe (ten percent) to the local house then we have no problem with that, that is between them and God.
2. If you believe tithing is not prescribed, why is it used in your vocabulary so much?
This is a cultural hang-up, and one that is not easily broken. Breaking such a hang-up just for the sake of breaking it could cause more damage than good at this stage of our church’s New Covenant discovery. We may revisit this in the future, but for now, we won’t correct those who use the word, but will try and avoid it as a leadership where possible.
3. Why do you believe in an active partnership in the local church?
Because not only do we see it New Covenant Scriptural churches (Acts 2, 4 and most of Paul’s apostolic writings, 1 Timothy), but also because it is only fair and logical to partner with a local charity that provides for many of my “faith needs”.
4. Who owns the church?
No-one officially “owns” the assets of the church (the church is people, remember). The elders are assigned custodians in the eyes of the law of the land, and if the church as an organization ever had to close down, the law states that its assets have to be donated to a like-minded organization that the elders agree upon. No-one can stake a claim to the assets in the name of Highway Christian Community.
To find out more about what we as a church believe about Kingdom Finances, download James Preston’s sermon series here.