Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
– The Apostle John, John 15:13
Giving makes equipping and sending possible
The Bible teaches that there is no greater demonstration of love than the act of one giving their life for another. At the heart of the Gospel is this manner of sacrificial giving. God, in a gracious act towards humanity, gave His only Son to die as a sacrifice so that many could live. Jesus willingly and obediently gave His life so that all who call upon His name could be saved from the wrath of God, thereby obtaining an eternal inheritance. The members of Calvary Chapel La Pine sacrificially give of their time, resources, possessions, and abilities so that others may know and take hold of the generous gift of salvation made available by a generous and loving God.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
– The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 8:9
Let’s be clear – God does not need our resources. The Bible says that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Giving to the work of the Gospel is more about the posture of one’s heart as we are changed by the truth of the Gospel. We reflect the character of a giving God when we freely give of what we have to the work of the Gospel.