Giving at Lakewood Church
When a ministry has needs, God doesn't turn stones to bread; He prompts His people to give. He's done it that way for thousands of years.
Lakewood Evangelical Free Church is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists because of individual donors like you. We have three ways for you to make your tax-deductible gifts to Lakewood:
Bring your gift to Sunday Worship at 9:00 or 10:45 AM where you can place it in an offering plate.
CLICK HERE to view the instructions and print the form allowing you to transfer funds on a monthly basis from your bank account to Lakewood.
The most famous Bible verse of our time is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” From the beginning of time, God has revealed Himself to be a giving God — in life, breath, all forms of provision, grace, salvation, eternal life, etc. Clearly, our God is amazingly generous. Jesus modeled this same generosity moment by moment in his ministry and from Genesis to Revelation, God’s people respond to His amazing generosity with gifts of their own. Even before the Mosaic Law that tutored us in how to live by faith, Abel worshiped God through giving. That worshipful response continues throughout the Bible and applies to our lives as well.
We believe the Bible teaches three general forms of giving:
TITHES: Literally meaning a “tenth,” the principle of giving God back ten percent of what He’s given us is taught throughout the Scripture. Tithing is a simple act of faithful obedience that provides for the public place of worship and helps keep a love of money at bay by reminding us that it’s not ours, but God’s.
SPECIAL OFFERINGS: Throughout Scripture, we see worship continually connected with giving. All kinds of special offerings are brought to the temple as acts of worship, such as grain, animals, drink, etc. These offerings were often during special feast celebrations as reminders of God’s deliverance and goodness. We also see special offerings in Scripture when a special Temple need arose. Though it is rare that Lakewood would take a special offering for such a need, the basis for such an occasion is Scriptural.
ALMSGIVING: The practice of giving to those in need is yet one more way we reflect the image of our God and the heart of the Savior. Again, this form of giving is done above and beyond tithes and special offerings. It is also among the most fun, particularly for a missional community. Giving money to meet tangible needs of people God has put in our path is a great way to befriend them and display the love of the Gospel. Jesus’ interpretation of his own parable of the shrewd manager in Luke 16:1-14 illustrates this point; money is to be used to befriend people & build lasting relationships.
Scripture commands we give, but it’s not enough to do the right thing. It needs to be done in the right way (see Biblical categories above), with the right motives (joy, thanksgiving, and compassion). It is not to be done in expectation that by giving in faith, God will make us rich, healthy, or prosperous. We reject that popular notion. Scripture shows repeatedly that some of God’s holiest servants such as Isaiah, John the Baptist, the Apostles, and even Jesus ended their lives in poverty, homelessness, prison, and martyrdom, not health or wealth. And that makes clear the idea that giving some to get more is a false idea.