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Thank you for your part in honoring God and fulfilling all that He has called us to.
Along with providing for the local gathering and growing of lives, we maintain a commitment to use 10% of all given resources to reach out to our local community through the work of The Learning Zone after-school program, lunches for those homeless, a residential home for those homeless and pregnant, inner-city missions, and more. We are also partnering in global ministry particularly in India and the access-restricted countries of Asia.
Your generosity is making an eternal difference on the Westside and around the world !
Financial statements are available upon request. Please contact our business manager, Stephi, @ 310-391-7366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developing a Life of Giving
A life pattern is the way a person structures his or her life. A pattern is built or drawn from the values that a person develops over time. These values come from many different sources including family, friends, culture, and God. When a person becomes a follower of Jesus they are discovering and entering a whole new understanding of reality. Our maturity involves a process of reorienting our perspectives and patterns.
The following are some of the key principles which shape a life of giving. Each of us is encouraged to sit down and truly reflect upon them. Consider how they speak to your life. Consider how you could begin to shape your life differently. Allow God to speak to you about the resources he has entrusted to you.
My giving recognizes that we are not defined by what we consume but by what we contribute.
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” - Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
My giving reflects that my time, treasure, and talent ultimately comes from God who has entrusted me as a manager who will give account.
A central point of Jesus’ teaching was that we are stewards who will give account. (Matthew 24:45-51; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27)
My giving recognizes God’s value for the natural flow and fairness of giving in proportion to what I have received.
“When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce… the sacred portion…” – Duet 26: 12-13
“On every Lord's Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1 Cor. 16:2 [NLT]
My giving from the first of my resources is an expression of the appropriate priority and trust involved.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
Giving to God from the first of our earnings helps define the priority of God in our lives. If we give from what’s “extra”, it will be lost to the many other things that we can spend our resources on.
My giving regularly establishes a pattern in honoring God and supporting his ‘Body” (church) which I am a part.
‘On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.’ - 1 Corinthians 16:2
Rich Nathan’s suggestion seems fitting: “If you are paid weekly, give weekly. If you are paid monthly, write a check monthly. If you are given a bonus, then write a check on your bonus. If receive a financial gift, write a check on the gift. If you receive an inheritance, write a check on the inheritance. Generous people have developed a discipline of regular giving on all of their income. Generous people have developed giving as a way of life that transcends the ups and downs of their emotions.”
My giving begins with my communal responsibility.
Our highly independent and consumeristic culture has drawn many to give to personal causes ahead of the communal ministry of Christ’s Body (the church) which they are a part of. While we are encouraged to bear lives of personal compassion and generosity…the Scriptures emphasize communal ministry and responsibility. The Scriptures do not envision either individuals or causes functioning independent of the local body of believers. (Malachi 3:10, Acts 4:35, 37; 1 Cor. 16:2) Our ministry as the “body of Christ” (church) on the Westside is supported by a personal commitment to fulfill our responsibility to our community first through a regular proportion of our household income (embracing the principle of ‘tithing’ the ‘first fruit’ as a reflection of our trust in God as Provider)… and then to give to others beyond that as God leads.
My giving to faithful hands reflects that I can give up control of my resources without giving up my conscience about the integrity and impact of their use.
“We don't want anyone to find fault with the way we are administering this generous gift. We intend to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of people.” - 2 Corinthians 8:20-21 (GW)
This is why the Governing Elders of the Westside Vineyard provide accountability and assessment in the use of all financial resources. They embrace their call to provide integrity and impact to what has been given to God and His purposes.
My giving flows from grace.
"Just as you excel in everything else… see that you also excel in the grace of giving." 2 Cor 8:7
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
When we comprehend the grace that has saved us, it becomes our greatest joy to invest our lives and resources to help spread the grace of God. Such grace is to be understood as greater than the Law. Jesus bore the consequences of our sin. He called us to take up his life of obedience to the Father, which actually transforms us with God’s nature. We do not give to earn our salvation. We give because God is a giver. We are most like God when we give. Therefore, we believe that a true understanding of God’s grace means that giving is no longer simply a rule to be enforced but rather is a response-ability to be encouraged.