Real Christians like to help others. They have a strong sense of purpose. But many young Christians (regardless of their physical age) do not know where they can help. Many times, their help is not appreciated. Here we list some opportunities where you can help.
Where you can volunteer
We do not ask or want monetary donations. These lead to problems, as we discuss in the next section.
But it does not mean that you cannot help. One of the things we found very off-putting was when we volunteered to help, and were either ignored or snubbed by a superiority bias from those in charge.
Here are some ways that you can help:
- You can pray for us.
- We encourage everyone to copy and distribute the studies. You are welcome to republish them in newsletters or on other websites. You may send them to others. We chose not to place copyright on the studies. We encourage people to copy and distribute these Bible studies
- If a study means a lot to you, please share the link to that study with people. We are not active on social media. Sending out links to your favourite studies or web pages via WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platform can help others to find answers to their questions.
- You can suggest topics for new studies on Bible questions that you or others might have.
- Many people do not understand English. If you can translate a Bible study into another language, please consider doing so. It could help hundreds or thousands of people. You do not have to send the translation to us. But if you send us the translation, we can publish it on this site as well.
- If you want to create another website with some of our content, please do so. If it were not for the many copies of the Bible that the early Christians made, the intense persecutions by some of the Roman emperors could have extinguished it. The Church survived because Christians made so many copies of the Bible. Have a look at the Resources page for more information.
- If you can write code, please contact us to find out if there is something that you can help with. We have a list of features that we have planned for the site.
- You can proofread studies — either the English studies, or the translated studies.
- You can help with graphics for the studies.
These are by no means the only ways you can help, but are merely to show that there are more ways to help than just thinking about financial help. If you are willing, you will find many ways you can do something for God. Whether with us, with others, or on your own.
Jesus says in Matthew 9:37-38 that, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Are you a willing to become a labourer with Him?
Three of the biggest traps where people fail are money, fame, and sex.
The best-known example of someone who fell into the money trap was Judas. In the future, the son of perdition (antichrist) will do the same.
To keep ourselves from the trap of money, we do not ask for money or donations. Tele-evangelists interrupt their own programs every few minutes to ask for “donations” for their wares. We choose not to do this. Some of our audience can hardly afford the bandwidth for their mobile phones. How dare we then ask them for money?
To avoid the trap of money, we do not sell anything, have no adverts, and have no commercial aspect whatsoever on this site. We do not sell data, or give data to “social media” companies. We even changed the domain from ChurchAges.com (where .com normally indicates commercial) to ChurchAges.net.
In the process we also avoid getting into trouble with tax authorities across the world, and save ourselves a lot of administrative headaches.
God will look after us when we do His work.
Do all people have a purpose and something to do in God's church?
Yes, the Scriptures clearly teach this. For example, Paul teaches this in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12. This applies to both brothers and sisters. We quote some verses here:
- 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
- 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
- 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
- 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
We just offer a few opportunities. God has many opportunities especially for you. With us, with others, or on your own. Pray that He leads you.
How do I know what to do, or that what I'm doing is the right thing?
You might not know exactly what to do when you start out. But unless you decide to do something, how can God lead you? When a automobile is not moving you can pull on the steering wheel as much as you like, but the vehicle will not change direction. When it is moving however, you can easily steer it in any direction. Similarly God can lead you when you are moving towards Him.
In Genesis chapter 24, Abraham sends out his servant Eliezer to find a bride for his son Isaac. The servant has no idea who this woman should be. He prays about it, and listens to God. God then leads him to Rebekah. At the end, the servant says in verse 27, "... I being in the way, the LORD led me ..."
But if that servant did not go on the way, how would God have led him?