Jesus Christ clearly assigned to His Church the work of proclaiming the gospel—the good news—of the Kingdom of God, of making disciples and of caring for those whom God may call (Matthew 24:14 Matthew 24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.
American King James Version×; 28:18-20; John 21:15-17 John 21:15-17 15 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed my lambs. 16 He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed my sheep. 17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Love you me? And he said to him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.
American King James Version×; Acts 2:39 Acts 2:39For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
American King James Version×). Without His divine assistance to His “little flock” (Luke 12:32 Luke 12:32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
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Christ instructed His followers to freely give as they have freely received (Matthew 10:8 Matthew 10:8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give.
American King James Version×). God's way of life is one of giving and serving. So it should come as no surprise that Jesus told His disciples to share and spread the gospel without charge.
Yet there remains a real financial cost that somehow must be met. How does the Church meet the expensive publishing and postal costs incurred by such efforts as mailing out our three magazines ( The Good News , World News and Prophecy and Vertical Thought ), as well as the Bible Study Course and our many booklets, all totaling millions of copies each year?
Further, how do we defray the expenses incurred by a ministry involved in teaching and personally caring for Church members and others who are interested? The apostle Paul clearly explained that “the Lord [Jesus Christ] has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14 1 Corinthians 9:14Even so has the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
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Having commissioned His true disciples to continually carry on doing His spiritual work, Jesus Christ as head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22 Ephesians 1:22And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
American King James Version×; 5:23) has provided it with a growing family of coworkers and donors. They generously support the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom.
Some are in a position to help out more often than others. Plainly, some of our readers are simply not able to assist financially, and God certainly does not expect people to give what they don't have. But there is always a way to contribute apart from finances, and that is through prayer. People praying to God for the success of the work is a very effective ministry in itself (Ephesians 6:18-20 Ephesians 6:18-20 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
American King James Version×; 2 Thessalonians 3:1 2 Thessalonians 3:1Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
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In any case, if we recognize a work to be of God, we then have the responsibility of standing behind and supporting that work. Paul stated: “We are God's fellow workers ; you are God's field, you are God's building” (1 Corinthians 3:9 1 Corinthians 3:9For we are laborers together with God: you are God’s husbandry, you are God’s building.
American King James Version×). John adds that we are “fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 5-8).
Paul also refers to the inspiring spiritual bonds that develop between those called into the “fellowship in the gospel” (Philippians 1:3-5 Philippians 1:3-5 3 I thank my God on every remembrance of you,
4 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
American King James Version×). He further reminds us that we are “workers together with Him [Jesus Christ]” (2 Corinthians 6:1 2 Corinthians 6:1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
American King James Version×). Paul speaks of “my fellow laborers” as well (Philemon 24).
Still, on a practical level, there needs to be an effectively organized infrastructure in place to assist with the needs of our readers and those who watch our Beyond Today television program. Not a few need their biblical questions answered in a competent manner. The United Church of God has a dedicated team of ordained elders doing just that.
Though God's people are scattered, the Church has developed an international infrastructure that offers extensive resources ultimately designed to lead true Christians to fellowship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3 1 John 1:3That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
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Where possible, this godly fellowship clearly includes worship with others of like mind on the seventh-day Sabbath (Leviticus 23:3 Leviticus 23:3Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
American King James Version×; Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
American King James Version×; 1 John 1:7 1 John 1:7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.
American King James Version×). Through God's blessing, a trained and educated ministry has been provided, but many more dedicated laborers are desperately needed (John 4:35 John 4:35Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
American King James Version×; Matthew 9:37-38 Matthew 9:37-38 37 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; 38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
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How can you help with proclaiming the priceless gospel to many others? How do you become a coworker or donor? Those residing in the United States who wish to send in a contribution may do so by mailing it to our home office. The postal address is: United Church of God, P.O. Box 541027, Cincinnati, OH 45254-1027.
If you wish to make a contribution online, you may do so through our main Web site at www.ucg.org.
As we are an international organization, the postal addresses of our other offices around the world are also listed on the contact Web page.
For further information about related financial matters, request or download our free booklets This Is the United Church of God , Managing Your Finances and What Does the Bible Teach About Tithing?