Trinity Fellowship's Ministry Center is located just west of U.S. 131 and Perry Ave (M-20) at 15085 220th Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307.
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Legally speaking, churches are non-profit organizations. The budget of a local church is supported entirely by the free-will contributions of those who attend the church on a regular basis. In biblical times, it was typical for the individuals within a church to take up a collection for those who were performing the pastoral work. Paul writes to the Corinthian Christians, "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel" (1 Cor. 9:15). In the Old Testament, the people were commanded to set aside a tithe (10%) of their earnings to give to the Levites - those individuals who performed the priestly duties. In addition, the people often gave free-will offerings and fellowship offerings beyond their tithe. It is through tithes and offerings that the local church is still supported today.
Stewardship in the Bible means being faithful managers of all that God has given to us. Jesus tells his disciples in the book of Luke, "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much" (Luke 16:10). Throughout the Bible, there are several clear principles about what it means to be a good steward. First, being good stewards of our resources means that we recognize that everything belongs to God. He is the one who gives us the ability to earn a living (Deut 8:17-18). Second, being good stewards means exercising self-control and living within our means (Prov. 13:11). Thirdly, being good stewards means giving sacrificially to the Lord's work. Jesus praised the widow who put her last two copper coins into the offering (Luke 21:4). Fourth, good stewardship means giving from the heart, not out of obligation (2 Cor.9:7).
The practice of tithing (giving 10% of one's income) was given as a command to the Hebrew people of the Old Testament and is not specifically commanded in the New Testament. However, tithing is always presented positively in scripture, and Jesus told the Pharisees they should tithe (Matt. 23:23). Tithing teaches us to trust that God will provide for our needs if we honor him first. This is a personal decision; however a helpful phrase we use at Trinity Fellowship is "not equal giving, but equal sacrifice". We realize that each person must take a step of faith and respond to what the Lord is calling him or her to give. We also keep records private so that only the financial recording secretary knows how much each individual is giving.
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