In what they called a “reverse offering” Liquid Church in Morristown, NJ gave away $30,000 to their congregation this past weekend.
The NJ church handed out envelopes of $10, $20, and $50 bills at the church’s three meeting locations during their September 25th service. With envelopes marked, “In God We Trust” the church encourages recipients to invest the money in meaningful ways.
‘Help a person in need, buy someone a dinner or lunch, pay for their gas’; these are just a few suggestions.
Senior pastor Tim Lucas says, “Jesus talks about money more than heaven and hell combined. Money is a spiritual issue, not a financial issue. When you’re in debt, you can’t tithe; you can’t be generous with friends who are need.”
Pastor Lucas wants Christians to look to God in faith and stop relying on the government. He calls it the spiritual stimulus package.
“Washington is broke, people are broke, and folks have lost faith that government can provide a lasting solution to economic issues,” said Lucas.
Inspired by the parable of the talents, Lucas explained, “We’re challenging our people to invest that money creatively,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a financial investment. It could simply involve helping a single mom who needs gas money or babysitting money. Or [folks] could use the money to make a meal to help a neighbor.”
In Matthew 25:14-28, Jesus taught about a rich master who gives his servants talents to invest. Pastor Lucas is hoping congregants will learn from the biblical principles delivered in his messages to become better stewards. The senior pastor is currently preaching a sermon series, titled, “Broke”.
Pastor Lucas says, “Restoration begins one family at a time as we return to God’s and grandma’s way of handling money.” His sermon series focuses on God’s Recovery Plan.
Liquid Church also plans to “release an additional financial injection of $60,000 into local community projects” to give back to the community. This will represent $90,000 the church is giving away.
Lucas said, “Every dollar in our economy is printed with the words ‘In God We Trust,’ but we want to challenge people with the idea that ‘God Trusts Them’.
“Government isn’t the source of recovery – God is,” said Lucas. “And since God trusts His people, we do too.”
In these tough economic times, Liquid Church is stirring the souls to ignite the community, handing out money, offering a spiritual stimulus package.
Liquid Church is one of NJ’s fastest-growing Christian churches. Founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision is to “take church to the people” with campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley.
Over 2,000 people experience Liquid’s worship services each weekend in New Jersey and in Church Online around the globe. As a part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador.