New Commandment Ministries
New Commandment Ministries, a division of Bethlehem Community Church Missions, can be summed up in one word…LOVE
Our mission is not only to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourself, but also to take it one step further as Jesus said in John 13:34. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you…”
Our church can’t change the world, but we can change lives one at a time. Bethlehem Community Church will continue to make a difference in our community and the world through food distribution, Operation Christmas Child gift boxes, raising money for our denominational missions projects, short-term mission trips, and various other projects that have the sole purpose of spreading the love of God and introducing the world to Jesus.
- 1. The Lord Jesus expects and requires us to give. Jesus said to His disciples, “when you give” not “if you give” (Matthew 6:2)! Hence, Christian giving is not optional, but rather essential. We often hear folks say: “in the Old Testament they had to give, but not in the New – now we only give if we want to.” This is clearly not Jesus’ teaching. He expected all His followers to be givers. Christians will give.
- 2. The Lord Jesus wants us to give for the right reasons. Jesus warned His disciples not to give for the sake of being admired by men. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them,” He said (Matthew 6:1). When we give, we must be careful to examine our motives. We ought to give for the glory of God and the good of His people. We must desire His approval of our giving, rather than the praise and admiration of people.
- 3. The Lord Jesus wants us to practice benevolent or charitable giving. Jesus said “When you give to the poor . . . .” (Matthew 6:2-3). Jesus is specifically teaching about “alms” in this passage: aid, charity, or benevolent offerings for the needy
- 4. The Lord Jesus reminds us that our giving is ultimately to the all-seeing heavenly Father.Jesus said “When you give . . . ; your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:3-4). When we give, we are not simply adding to the Church budget, we are giving up a thank offering to the Father Himself. Thus, we must all give “as unto the Lord.” Our ultimate goal in giving is to please Him.
- 5. The Bible teaches that Christian giving ought to be cheerful giving. As Paul says “God loves a cheerful giver.” This is a truly amazing assertion. Paul assures us here that the Lord takes a special delight in those who are joyful, energetic, merry givers.