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Featured Coffee at church

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. Salty

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    A few weeks ago I attended a church, after service I was surprised to see coffee being served - not only coffee but all kinds of snacks. To top this off - these items were for sale.

    They were being sold at competitive prices, with local stores!

    When I was down South, I visted many churches, you did not drink any beverage in the building, let alone eat anything in the church building.

    So what are your thoughts about a church selling food and beverages after the service is over.
     
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    WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

    Coffee should be sold before church starts. :wavey:
     
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    We've had fundraisers where we've sold food, but just for fellowship time after church, no, we wouldn't do that.

    And we wouldn't allow it in the sanctuary (although we would allow water and service dogs for medical reasons).
     
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    I don't see any harm in it. It could lead to fellowship and visitation amongst the congregants and a friendly atmosphere. All good IMO.
     
  5. Salty

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    Even if they are selling the food and beverage
     
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    You think too much of a building and tradition
     
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    My opinion of the practice would depend on the intended use of the funds made from the sale. If it is simply to cover the expenses of providing the coffee and snacks, I would have no problem with it. If it is a fundraiser for a missions trip or for some other church program, that would seem OK with me. If it was because the preacher wanted a red convertible, that would be different.
     
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    It would also depend on the attitude toward those who may not be able to afford the coffee and the snacks.
     
  9. Salty

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    Part of my "tradition" is that funds raised by the church should be freewill offerings.
     
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    :thumbs: you beat me to it.
     
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    We have all that before church starts and it is free. In fact every church I have been too has done this. What are you yankees doing up there in the frozen north?
     
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    trying to survive Johnny Reb:smilewinkgrin:

    BTW its 100 degrees in NJ as we speak.
     
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    So you don't really want our thoughts "So what are your thoughts about a church selling food and beverages after the service is over." you want some company that is disgusted as you are.
     
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    I agree coffee is free!... Which we reminds of any amusing story. One of our deacons Brother Joe decided he was going to make coffee and did. In one of those large old time coffee makers. Our preacher who loved his morning cup of coffee after walking in the kitchen grab a cup and filled it up. Took one sip and immediately ran to the sink and spit it out, inquiring who made the coffee? Well Brother Joe boldly step forward and said I did!... Our pastor asked him, you ever drink coffee?... Oh no said Brother Joe I never touch the stuff... Well that settles it then said the pastor from now you don't make it either... He never made it again... Brother Glen:smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Beat me to this one.

    The building we call "church" is not a church. That building has no sanctuary, and setting up altars and collecting tithes was a ministry of Israelite priests.

    It hurts my heart to see people paying homage to a building.
    WE are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

    If it's wrong to buy and sell goods at the building which is wrongly called church, then it is just as wrong for a believer to frequent a Christian-owned restaurant like Chik-Fil-A
     
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    I fully realize that the Church is the called out assembly, - but the building is still a church building - set apart to worship.
     
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    There is no freewill those funds are raised by the effectual calling of God:

    Total Donation
    Unconditional Endowment
    Limited Appropriation
    Irresistible Grant
    Perseverance of the Subsidy
     
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    Where does scripture endorse this sanctified building after the Holy Spirit was given?
     
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    :thumbsup::laugh::wavey::thumbsup:
     
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    What about churches that have either moved or disbanded and that building has been turned into a bar?
     
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