To our Church Family,
When we think of generosity, we might look at the size of the gift or the nobility of the cause. We might call someone “generous,” for example, who contributes a modest sum to a charitable cause to promote the good of society. But Jesus measured generosity by a radically new standard: the condition of the giver’s heart.
The apostle Paul said that even the most lavish donations are empty acts in God’s sight if the giver’s heart is hardened toward him (1 Corinthians 13:3). So a truly generous giver is, first of all, a person who has been reconciled to God through faith in Christ, whose perfect life and sacrificial death can generously free any person from sin. Once this gospel works its way deep into that person’s heart and mind, the stage is set for
a new person to emerge: a generous giver. Such a person is characterized by several particular attitudes and behaviors:
(1) A generous giver experiences the joy of giving. When he gives, it does not feel like a burden but a pleasure.
(2) A generous giver lives and gives with an eternal perspective. He is unconcerned with how much he owns in this life because his attention is on the age to come.
(3) A generous giver models the proverb, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35b). He not only believes these words of Jesus, but he actually prefers giving over getting, so that he regularly chooses to give more and receive less.
(4) A generous giver recognizes that God owns everything. He does not cling to possessions because he does not believe that he truly owns them anyway. His goal is to put God’s money where God wants it.
(5) A generous giver offers gifts as an act of worship. His driving motivation is neither self-concern nor love for others, but love for God. The most important truth in his life is God’s saving love in Christ, and he gives in order to thank and to honor his God.
The Stewards of HopePointe would like to continue to see each and every member of our church move along their faith walk to a Generous Giver and beyond. We recognize for some that may mean putting it in writing or committing to a resolution to become a faithful Generous Giver.
We have included a link to two tools that may help you, a member of your family or someone you are holding accountable. The first is a resolution to become a Generous Giver that can be signed, displayed. The other tool is for those who feel God is calling them to put in writing their commitment to giving to God’s work. You can complete it and turn it on a Sunday, to your accountability partner. Either tool can be used in whatever way God may be calling you to use it.
As shared, please pray about how you can give to our need. Our need is real and our need is now.
Let us know what else you need to know about our finances or the provision to the Lord’s work. We are committing to praying for each family of HopePointe and their discipleship. Why, because we are convicted that a disciple of God will also be a generous giver.
Generous Giving Resolution Generous Giving in Writing
The Stewards of HopePointe
Marc Huston Jack Kirten
Paul Lewis Fr. Clark Lowenfield
Scott Schwandt Bill Wambaugh