WAYS TO GIVE
Automate the Important
We encourage you to set up an automated giving schedule to have your “first fruits” go to the Lord every time. Our online giving portal lets you easily set up a recurring gift via your debit card, credit card, or checking account.
Give via Check
Checks can be made payable to “LakeRidge Baptist Church” (or “LRBC”) and dropped in the box on the wall between the office and sanctuary, placed in an offering plate during the service, or mailed to:
LakeRidge Baptist Church
4601 82nd St
Lubbock, TX 79424
Text to Give
Text any amount to 1-806-304-0411. You will be asked to configure your giving method the first time you text, but after that it is as simple as entering a number and hitting “send.”
If you have the Elexio application on your phone, you may setup and make contributions through the app. If you have not used the Elexio app, you may install it from the App Store for your device. The app to install is entitled Elexio Community.
The Economy of God
The people of God in both the OT and NT, and many Christians worldwide today, have so little and yet give so much. This parallels 2 Cor 8:2, “In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” In contrast to the biblical examples of generosity, most of us have so much and give so little. Regarding Christian giving today, many emphasize tithing even though it is an OT rather than NT demand. While the NT does not mandate tithing, it is reasonable that ten percent is where we should start rather than a goal we should strive to attain.
In 2 Corinthians 8–9 we see the center of a biblical theology of giving, stressing the joy and service behind generous stewardship. We give not out of necessity but out of privilege, both to tell ourselves that everything we have is from the Lord and to return to him some of the blessings he has given to us.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for you he became poor, though he was rich, so that you might become rich through his poverty” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Paul develops the idea for the economy of God which relates to the practical financial dealings of Christians. Every believer who has been enriched by God should have the proper attitude toward his or her own resources. At the heart of it all is “the economics of abundance” which emphasize God as the initial, and richest giver:
God in Christ has given us everything.
When Christians make financial contributions, their gifts should not be viewed as a mundane chore of maintaining the church. Instead, their offerings represent a sense of:
- Nurturing other believers by passing on freely received grace;
- Tangibly and publicly expressing mutuality and reciprocity in fellowship; and
- Serving others, even as Christ has yielded up his riches to serve.
All of this brings blessing to the one who gives and to the one who receives, “for it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).