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The Foundation of the Church

Updated: Mar 28, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque


CS - Counsels on Stewardship (1940) Chapter 14—A Plan Beautiful in Simplicity

God’s plan in the tithing system is beautiful in its simplicity and equality. All may take hold of it in faith and courage, for it is divine in its origin. In it are combined simplicity and utility, and it does not require depth of learning to understand and execute it. All may feel that they can act a part in carrying forward the precious work of salvation. Every man, woman, and youth may become a treasurer for the Lord, and may be an agent to meet the demands upon the treasury.... {CS 73.1}

Great objects are accomplished by this system. If one and all would accept it, each would be made a vigilant and faithful treasurer for God; and there would be no want of means with which to carry forward the great work of sounding the last message of warning to the world. The treasury will be full if all adopt this system, and the contributors will not be left the poorer. Through every investment made, they will become more wedded to the cause of present truth. They will be “laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”—Testimonies for the Church 3:388, 389. {CS 73.2}

God’s plan of salvation is simple and straightforward, as is the system of benevolence He has instructed us to carry out. His plan of salvation is for everyone’s participation. All can contribute to God’s treasury for the furtherance of this Holy work. All can be involved in evangelism, one way or another. For there shall be ample means available if God’s treasury is faithfully replenished for the use of God’s work. God honors those who honor Him, and the contributors will be blessed. This is the best investment we can ever make. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.

Our kind and gracious Father,

We thank You for Your Word and Your plan of salvation. We are privileged to be contributors to Your system of benevolence and return unto You what You require from us. We pray that You will bless the means that are collected to continue the work You have given us to do. It is our prayer that the everlasting gospel can go out to all peoples so that we would see You soon. We long to be with You and lay hold on eternal life. This is the best investment we can ever make. We thank You for all Your gifts to us, in the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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