To show God’s love to others with passion and compassion. To encourage, build up and strengthen people to be rooted and established in the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. To reach the unreached and care for the poor, the fatherless and widow.
Why did Paul raise funds to the poor in Jerusalem?
1Co 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. v2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper so that there will be no collecting when I come. v3 And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
Rom 15:26 For the churches in Macedonia and Achaia have freely decided to give an offering to help the poor among God’s people in Jerusalem.
We can see that Paul raised funds in all the churches he planted and/or visited.
Three reasons I found in the Bible:
- Acts 11:28
- Acts 8:1
- Rom 15:27 For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
Paul did not collect from rich churches to give to poor churches, he collected from rich and poor churches to give to the poor in Jerusalem. There were churches in Macedonia that were living in “extreme poverty” and they urgently pleaded with Paul for the privilege of sharing in this ministry. 2 Cor. 8:1-4. Giving is a tool that breaks the poverty spirit in our lives.
Php 4:17 It is not that I just want to receive gifts; rather, I want to see profit added to your account.
Paul teaches people that when you give, there is a profit that will be added to our account. This is not only financially, but spiritually as well. Look what happened to Cornelius is Acts 10 when an angel appeared to him and gave him a message from God. “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God”. As a result, the household of Cornelius and all people who listened to Peter were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Pro 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. Can it be that some unanswered prayers in our lives are because of our unwillingness to help people in need?
2Co 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. No one can make a person give. Yes, sadly many preachers use manipulation and control to get money out of people and many church going people have been hurt because of that. We should put the past behind us and move forward, obey the word of God and be led by the Holy Spirit.
2Co 9:12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
Luke 17:11-19 Jesus heals 10 lepers and only one returned to say thank you. “Were not all ten cleansed?” Where are the other nine? Scripture reiterates the importance of thankfulness to God for our blessings. And when we give to the poor, it is an overflowing in our thanksgiving to God.
In conclusion, Paul was not a fundraiser, but a people raiser. Paul was strategic and we need to ask the Lord how He wants us to go about His business.