Some researchers estimate that evangelical Christians give an average of 2 percent of their income to further the kingdom of God. Such a practice reveals a theology of material possessions that is clearly out of line with God's Word.
Gene Getz is an extensive search reveals intriguing, detailed information on the subject of material possessions based on Scripture. The synthesis of this and selected extrabiblical literature resulted in the formation of more than 120 biblical principles that can be applied by any person in any culture. Dr. Getz not only shares these principles but offers guidance for church leaders and laymen who want to apply them in their church.
About the Author
Dr. Gene A. Getz received his diploma (1952), Moody Bible Institute; B.A. (1954), Rocky Mountain College; M.A. (1958), Wheaton College; Ph.D. (1968), New York University; and did his graduate study at Northern Illinois University. He became involved in church planting and renewal at a very practical level while teaching at Dallas Theological Seminary. After exploring the subject for several years with his students, he wrote Sharpening the Focus of the Church. Prodded on by several families in Dallas who became interested in starting a new church, Gene launched Fellowship Bible Church in November of 1972. Committed to biblical absolutes, the church was also built on the concept of “freedom in form.” Growth was immediate. Since that time, 12 Fellowship churches have been started in the Dallas metroplex and numerous churches throughout the United States can trace their roots back to what has happened in Dallas.
Gene has personally pastored three of these churches. Presently, he serves as Pastor Emeritus at Fellowship Bible Church North, located in Plano, Texas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Dallas metroplex. Though Gene still teaches part time at Dallas Theological Seminary, his primary focus involves directing the Center for Church Renewal and his pastoral responsibility at Fellowship Bible Church North. The CCR is a rapidly growing organization designed to minister to pastors, missionaries and other church leaders.
Gene's ministry career has involved a variety of experiences including Christian education and music ministries, college and seminary teaching. He has also authored over 60 books and many of these book titles have been printed and distributed in over 30 different languages. Most of his books have grown out of his experience as a pastor. Some of his best selling titles are the series Measure and the One Another books. His Men of Character series are impacting the current men's movement. Recently, he has launched a 15-minute weekday program called "Renewal" which is aired on the Moody Radio Network. The format consists of brief messages, interviews, discussions.
Dr. Getz is a rare breed of man devoted to the ministry of Christ who can write a theological work and make it both fascinating and interesting reading. I found his book on material possessions to be extremely informative as well as a practical tool for the local church. I especially found the format to be logical and easy to understand.
We are indebted to Dr. Gene Getz for his new book, A Biblical Theology of Material Possessions. Nothing quite as comprehensive or challenging has appeared in recent times. I warmly commend it for three reasons: It is biblical. The book is rooted in the Old Testament but covers the entire New Testament. It is practical. It pinpoints 126 supracultural principles for personal and general application. It is critical. It searches "the thoughts and intents of the heart" on many matters, and it speaks to the materialism and "me-ism" of our present day. On a global scale, researcher David Barrett estimates that Christians give .017% of their income to missions. The reading and studying of this book should make a difference, not only in worldwide evangelization but in your life and mine.