Free Pews

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Matthew 17:24… the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?”

The benefits of having a faith community are many, but how will we support the organization and facility?

A “temple tax” or “pew rent” is one solution. The temple tax probably allocated basic operating costs among the members, with each person paying the same share. The alternative is to rely on generous gifts, with each person giving in proportion what they receive. A “temple tax” is fair and equitable: Each person is eligible for the same benefits, and thus must shoulder a similar burden.

Yet Jesus commends the idea of free pews. God expects congregations to faithfully demonstrate that God will provide what is needed.

How do you discern how to support the work of Christ in the world?

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