Giving

At The Well, we do not believe in passing an offering plate. We believe financial giving is to be a personal act of worship unto the Lord as He leads. It should be done privately and with a cheerful, generous heart. We also do not beg for money at The Well. God has always met our needs through the faithful generosity of His people. A detailed description of why, how and what we are to give, as well as an explanation of tithing is outlined below.
 
As God’s people, we recognize that all good things come from and belong to God. We are simply caretakers of His creation and co-laborers in His plans for His Kingdom. We are also God’s children and so we are called to be givers and generous sharers of His grace and abundance. When we give, we obediently follow God’s directive. Indeed, giving is a very important part of Loving God, Loving People and Serving Both. 
 

WE GIVE TO REVEAL GOD’S LIKENESS IN US.

God so loved the world that He gave…God gave the greatest and most expensive gift ever…His Son (John 3:16). When we speak of our salvation we say we have been redeemed – bought with a price. As we walk in our salvation guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to look more and more like Christ. Our God is a giving God therefore, we are to be a giving people. In addition, our God does not separate giving and loving, therefore neither can we. We are to give like God and love like God!

As God’s people, we recognize that all good things come from and belong to God. We are simply caretakers of His creation and co-laborers in His plans for His Kingdom. We are also God’s children and so we are called to be givers, generous sharers of His grace and abundance. When we give, we obediently follow God’s directive. Indeed, giving is a very important part of Loving God, Loving People and Serving Both.

We Give As An Act Of Worship.

Perhaps the most recognizable example of giving as worship is seen every year around Christmas time. Our nativity scenes and Christmas pageants include wise men giving gifts to Jesus. We find these magi worshipping by giving. (Matthew 2:11)

We Give To Reveal God’s Likeness In Us.

God so loved the world that He gave…God gave the greatest and most expensive gift ever…His Son (John 3:16). When we speak of our salvation we say we have been redeemed, bought with a price. As we walk in our salvation guided by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to look more and more like Christ. Our God is a giving God therefore, we are to be a giving people. In addition, our God does not separate giving and loving, therefore neither can we. We are to give like God and love like God!

We Give To Show (and grow) Our Trust in God.

God promises to meet our needs; to care for us more than the birds of the air or the flowers of the field (Matthew 6:28-34). When we exercise our faith by giving, God is able to bless in a way that strengthens our faith. 
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. – 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT

We Give To Join With The Body Of Christ In God’s Kingdom Work In The World.

The collective Church makes it possible for many to do what individuals can’t do alone. The Hebrew people were called to pool their resources to build the tabernacle. In the New Testament the church was led by the Holy Spirit to share all they had with each other (Acts 4:32-35). Giving is an investment in God’s work.

We Are To Give Cheerfully.

It was God’s good pleasure to create an abundant world. He then gave us Jesus so we could have life and life abundantly.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

We Are To Give Regularly.

God’s love and provision is given to us faithfully. We demonstrate our faithfulness through regular, committed giving.
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income. – 1 Corinthians 16:2*
*this Scripture also reveals we are to give proportionately.

We Are To Give Sacrificially.

God’s greatest gift to us was that of His Son. We, as Christ followers, are beneficiaries of the most costly sacrifice ever made. How can our response to Him be anything other than sacrificial? And remember, when it comes to giving sacrificially, it is not the size of the gift but the condition and position of the heart.
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she ,out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.” –Luke 21:1-4

We Are To Give Our Time.

It is important that we serve God as the body of Christ. Although every minute of our lives are His, we do need to designate time to physically be His hands & feet. This includes service as well as corporate study and worship.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16

We Are To Give Our Talents.

God has given specific gifts to individual members of the Body of Christ. These are given to be used to complement those of other members and also to reach a lost and dying world.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. – 1 Peter 4:10

We Are To Give Our Treasure.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21
This means money. The simple truth is in order for any ministry to operate there must be financial support. There has always been a component of benevolent financial need connected with ministry. The temple had a treasury. Jesus’ ministry had financial supporters and a treasurer. The 1st century church was supported by the membership.
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. – Acts 2:44-45

How Are Financial Gifts Used At The Well?

Physical Property

Financial gifts are used for rent, utilities and maintenance for the facility at 855 West College Street.

Staff Support

Financial gifts are used to pay staff salaries.

Discipleship

Financial gifts are used to purchase materials for classes and ministries, including Sunday School and Children’s Ministries.

Evangelism & Outreach

Financial gifts are used to share the Good News with our community. The Well is especially involved in ministering to the less fortunate. We provide meals, food, Bibles, aid and outreach to those in need both within and outside our fellowship.

Understanding The "Tithe"

Scripture records a second kind of tithing that Jesus Himself condemned which we refer to as “tithing as legalism”.

The Jewish leaders had taken the covenant tithe and perverted it with self-righteousness and greed (Matthew 23:23-24). They had turned the blessing of giving into a burden.
We as Jesus followers today are not bound by Mosaic Law. We also stand with Christ against the burden of legalism in religion. Given this, it may seem that using the Scriptural “tithe” may not be an appropriate model of giving for today’s believer.
There is however a third principle of giving called “tithing as worship” that predates the Old Testament Law. It began when Abraham gave a tenth of his plunder to the priest of God, Melchizedek (Genesis 28:10-22). The tradition continued through Jacob who pledged a full tenth of everything to God after He had revealed Himself to the patriarch in a dream.
While certainly not a requirement for any believer, the act of tithing as worship is still Scripturally sound today. While introduced in the Old Testament, tithing was never abolished in the New Testament. Hebrews 7:1-10 actually defines the significance of Abraham’s worship. It is an act that acknowledges God as God, declares our allegiance to Him and expresses the thanksgiving in our hearts. Please understand that while tithing is still relevant today and can be used as a benchmark for giving, tithing as worship is not about a percentage or an amount. It is about the overflow of one’s heart. Before we can give a penny to the Lord and have Him receive it, we must first give ourselves to Him. This is beautifully exemplified by the body of Christ in Macedonia during the 1st century:
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in His kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do. – 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 NLT

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