What is the proper use of assembly funds?

What is the proper use of assembly funds?

1 Corinthians 16:1-4, linked with 2 Corinthians 8, 9, guides us. These funds were a special offering for fellow-believers suffering from natural disaster (see also Acts 11:28-30).

1 Timothy 5:3-16 teaches and qualifies the assembly's responsibility to meet the needs of the indigent among its number.

Although not supported in Corinth by the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:12; 2 Corinthians 11:7, 9), Paul received support from the Philippians (Philippians1:5; 2:30; 4:10-19). He intimates that churches support the gospel financially (4:15) and states (1 Corinthians 9:14) that "they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." Assemblies or individual believers who benefit from ministry should "communicate" with those who minister (Galatians 6:6). This material communication (fellowship) expresses their share in this work of God.

Therefore, the Lord intends the use of assembly funds to express both Christian kindness and also the assembly's partnership in the work of God locally (Galatians 6:6) and further afield (2 Corinthians 11:8, 9).

Overseers guide the assembly (Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24, mg.) in its distribution of funds. They are accountable to the Lord, the assembly, and the government (in that order) for this distribution.

D. Oliver