Equipping the Saints to Tap into Kingdom Wealth and Resources to solve the Problems of Communities and Nations
How did the early church, which was comprised of more than 5,000 members, meet the needs of every believer? The Bible says there was no one who had an unmet need in the early church (Acts 4:34-35).
If you look at our churches today, there are many who have unmet needs. Is there a solution to this problem? Is there a way today’s churches can meet the needs of every one of their believers? We strongly believe there is. Not only can we meet the needs of each believer in a church, but if we apply the Kingdom Economy we can solve the economic problems and poverty of any nation.
What is Kingdom Economy? Kingdom Economy is tapping into the wealth and resources God deposited on earth when He established it and using them to solve the world’s problems. This happens through unleashing the potential, gifts, and talents God has entrusted in each human being. All the wealth God created is still here; it only changed locations and hands.
It is common for us to think of economy as cash, savings, business, or other money-making methods. These are part of this world’s economy. Kingdom Economy is a different system and it is based on the wealth God created. It is not based on money or a credit system, as we understand economy today. It is dependent on things that create money. As long as the kingdom of God remains, its economy will also remain. Kingdom Economy begins with land. In any country, people who own land have influence and wealth. The more land you own, the more influence you have. Just because you own land does not mean you have money. You need to utilize that land to produce something that will create the money you need.
Seeing how the economy was handled in the early church is very interesting to me because we spend so much time making money for our survival. There was not a single believer in the early church who had an unmet need. How did that happen? What kind of financial system did they use? They established a Kingdom Economy to meet the needs of every single member in the church.
What they did was set up a Kingdom Banking System to meet the needs of the church. At first, I thought it was a welfare system to help the poor; but later, when the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the kingdom, I understood that it was a banking system. In a kingdom, the wealth of the kingdom is literally commonwealth, meaning all of the wealth is available to everyone. This is not the same meaning used today in nations that call themselves commonwealths. They do not function as the church did.
I used to think that when the church began in Acts 2, everybody sold everything they had and brought the money to the apostles and they all waited around in the temple for Jesus to come back. That is not what happened. Most of them only sold a portion of their possessions, house, or land, and brought it to the apostles. They distributed it as needs arose, and there was no one in the early church who had an unmet need. That is kingdom living.
“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need” (Acts 4:32-35).
If they had sold everything they had, they could not have met from house to house every day. The following verse says they sold possessions and goods (referring to real estate and products), and they met from house to house daily.
“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart” (Acts 2:44-46).
“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42).
I believe when every Ekklesia reaches three thousand people (that’s when it happened in the early church), they should start their own banking system. We should not depend on the economy of this world, but show the world how the Kingdom Economy operates.
On the day of Pentecost, three thousand souls were saved, and the New Testament Church was born. Imagine an Ekklesia with three thousand members at the present day. If they were all working to support their families, each of them would have income and a bank account. If that church is in the United States, where an average person makes twenty-thousand dollars a year (I know most people make more than that; I am just taking the least amount), and if you multiply three-thousand by twenty thousand the total comes to sixty-million dollars a year. Wow! It could be closer to a hundred million or even more because most people make significantly more than twenty thousand a year. That’s the minimum amount that would come and go through that body annually. That is a lot of money. And that’s just one local church!
What if that church had a banking system to manage that money instead of depending on a bank that is run by unbelievers who are using it to support the kingdom of darkness and its agenda? If you calculate all the money you make and the money you spend, you will see that most of your money goes back into the pockets of the ungodly. The wicked become wealthier and wealthier, while the righteous come to church and cry out every day for a financial breakthrough. Lord, have mercy! What if we had a system to keep our money within the kingdom of God? We need to use the wisdom and knowledge of our God to create and manage wealth. We need to study kingdom economy. It is the church that makes the ungodly wealthy, but we do not recognize it. We have been blinded by the devil.
It will take wisdom and a lot of planning and trained individuals to do this. That’s how it happened in the early church. Imagine that three thousand people sold part of their possessions, goods, houses, or land, and brought the money and put it at the feet of the apostles. How much money was it? Who managed all that money? What was the system they used to do it? It’s called Kingdom Economy. In the early church, they did not borrow money from the world to buy a house or to send their children to school. That is totally unacceptable in the kingdom of God.
It is important to notice that they sold possessions and goods. To whom did they sell these? I am sure it was to people both in the church and outside the church. We need to encourage believers to come up with products that they can sell to generate income. That’s the way we tap into the wealth of the wicked and create money for kingdom purposes.
If a particular kingdom citizen goes to a different kingdom to borrow money for their livelihood, to build a house, or for anything, who does that affect most? The king in that kingdom. It affects his reputation, because it says the kingdom in which you live and the king you serve are not sufficient to provide for your needs. That is what we have been doing for a long time, but no more. In Acts and the Epistles, I do not see any believer who is a kingdom citizen going out and borrowing money from unbelievers for anything.
The book of Acts should be our blueprint for running a church, because it operated like a kingdom. When one church had a financial struggle or was affected by famine, another church that was doing well sent help and support. Their wealth always stayed in the church and in the kingdom. We have much to learn about Kingdom Economy. When the whole church is united, as Jesus wants it to be, we will be the largest economic force on the planet. If the church in each nation is united, it will be the largest economic force in that nation. Then, we can lend money to unbelievers and invest in different projects. That money would be used to support the church and its ministries, rather than the tithes coming from believers. There would be no needs that were not met in our churches, just as it was in the early church. That is what the Bible tells us. We should be lending and not borrowing because we represent and live in the most prosperous kingdom.
The devil knows more about God, His kingdom, and how it operates than most Christians (including preachers) because he was with Him and knew Him personally. I am currently working on a book about Kingdom Economy, which should be released sometime in 2017. The subtitle of that book is Why All Tithe-Giving Believers Do Not Receive a Financial Breakthrough. Please make sure you get it and read it. I am asking you to spread the news about this kingdom message to your friends and family. People are tired of religion and rituals. They are looking for something real, something that works.
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