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The Battle Creek Bulletin ed. by Steve Hamilton, Aug. 28, 2011

Introduction: Many churches spend the Lord's money for expenditures not authorized in scripture. Did the Lord give His church a blank check to spend His money on anything they want? What can be spent from the church treasury?

I. By command:
   A. Preachers (1 Cor. 9:3-14).
   B. Widows in need (1 Tim. 5:3-16; Acts 6:1-6).
   C. Elders and other laborers for the Lord (1 Tim. 5:17-18; Matt. 10:9-10; Luke 10:7-8).

II. By example:
   A. Needy saints (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 11:27-30; Rom. 15:25-27; 1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:1-4; 9:1-5).
   B. Paul as an evangelist from another church (2 Cor. 11:8-9).

III. By necessary inference:
   A. Buildings as inferred by the command to assemble (Heb. 10:25).
   B. Teaching materials as inferred by the command to teach (2 Tim. 4:1-2).
   C. Song books and pitch pipes as inferred by the command to sing and be orderly (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 14:40).

IV. What is not authorized?
   A. Why can we spend money on a church building but not a fellowship hall?
     1. Any expenditure must be expedient (1 Cor. 6:12; 10:23).
     2. In order for it to be expedient, it must be lawful.
     3. In fact, we have scriptures that necessarily infer a condemnation for some of these things that churches waste the Lord's fund upon.
       a. Kitchens, meals, dining halls (1 Cor. 11:22, 34).
       b. Conducting business at church (John 2:13-17).
   B. Silence is not authority.
     1. Silence is not authority to say what we want (Acts 15:24).
     2. We can not think beyond what is authorized (1 Cor. 4:6).
     3. We must abide in what God has authorized (2 John 9-11).

Conclusion: Churches that waste the Lord's money must not believe they serve a living Savior (1 Tim. 4:10).

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