Posted: Friday, October 11
Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
(1 Thessalonians 2:9)
I simply love outreaches where we are seeking to reach our community with the gospel. At these events we simply want to present the Word of God and not burden anyone with an offering. This year our church has done events at Kosciuszko Park, the Third Ward, community centers, City on a Hill, and our Reach Teams went all over the world. Our intentions are clear every time. We simply want to offer everyone the gospel, free of charge.
Paul was missionary and gladly received offerings to continue to advance the work of God across Asia minor and in Europe. Thessalonica was an interesting city because it had many false teachers who always sought money for their “service.” To set himself apart from the others and to not have his motives questioned, he simply worked for free. Paul worked with his own hands day and night so he would not be a burden to the Thessalonians as he shared the Gospel with them.
While it is true that gospel preachers are entitled to financial support from other Christians, it is commendable to see them give up this right, if necessary, from time to time. A true minister of Christ will continue to preach the gospel whether they receive money or if they need to work to finance themselves. I love explaining the concept of Reach Teams to people outside our church. It is interesting to see their reactions once they find out that everyone on a Reach Team is taking off of work and paying their way to preach the gospel. We truly believe in the message of the gospel and will go to great lengths for people to hear it, free of charge.