Resolutions adopted at the recent Church of God International General Assembly in Orlando, Florida, deal with financial interdependence and Biblical stewardship.
The General Council, comprised of all registered ordained bishops in attendance at the Assembly, passed the resolutions as part of their agenda. The resolutions package, which also included four others, were ratified by the General Assembly on Friday, July 27, 2012 and are now part of the official doctrine and standing on the noted topics.
Resolutions play a key role in defining how the Church of God addresses key cultural and moral issues. When questions arise about contemporary topics not specifically addressed within the Declaration of Faith or Practical and Doctrinal Commitments, it is likely a resolution passed at a previous General Assembly will address the issue.
The resolution on Biblical Stewardship cited several scriptural references to giving, ending with an admonishment for churches to teach the Biblical principles. The final portion of the resolution says, WHEREAS, the New Testament church continued to teach the principles of Biblical stewardship: by instructing the Ephesian elders to “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35); by teaching the Roman believers that giving is a charisma gift of the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8); and, by explaining the doctrine of liberal giving to the Corinthian church in such complete detail that, in conclusion, Paul’s soul soared with a doxology of praise, “Thanks be unto God for his indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15);
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, pastors and local congregations be encouraged to teach and practice the principles of Biblical stewardship and that churches be encouraged to avail themselves of the latest available technology to enhance worship through tithing and offerings.
The resolution on financial interdependence similarly gave many scripture references and called for ways for churches around the world to embrace new technology and ways of giving. The last portion of the resolution states, WHEREAS, many various earthly organizations such as political parties, global corporations, international media conglomerates, and entertainment and sports stars, have demonstrated the financial “power of the multitudes” even when contributions are as small as pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, local churches; state, national, and international offices; and other Church of God ministries around the world be strongly encouraged to use every available medium to inform others of ministry needs and opportunities, to be intentional in designing applicable programs of stewardship giving, and to be consistent in taking advantage of such opportunities as Internet Websites, Facebook, Twitter, kiosks, QR Codes, smartphone apps, online giving, and other computer technologies available today; and,
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, we do hereby reaffirm our strong faith that our God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20), and that He “shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
Resolutions have been adopted at previous General Assemblies for the last 50 years. They are available for viewing on the Church of God website www.churchofgod.org.