WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT GIVING
God created the Earth and everything in it, including us (Gen 1), and therefore everything is his. This eternal truth must drive how we approach every aspect of our lives, including finances. We strive to use what God has given us in ways that honor him, trusting that when we do so our lives will work better because we are operating more in line with how we were created. Also, the Bible teaches that “every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). We recognize all the good things that God has done for us, and in gratitude we give out of the resources that he has entrusted to us.
Financial generosity demonstrates our belief and trust that God is good and that he is leading us to better places. We don’t give based on worldly circumstances like how our financial portfolio is performing, or worldly concerns like how satisfied we are with the decisions that our church leadership makes. Instead, we faithfully give money away because we desire to honor, worship, and draw closer to the creator of the universe, in whom we place our trust (Matt 6:19-34). Also, the #1 way that the world distracts us from God and his goodness is with money. Jesus repeatedly and forcefully warns us about the power that money can have over our lives (Matt 6:19-24), therefore, we give to ensure money doesn’t corrupt us and we instead remain focused on the life-giving truth of Jesus.
The tithe is established in the Old Testament before the law is given (Gen 14:20, Gen 28:20-22, Deut 26:1-2, 2 Chr 31:4-5), and it is reaffirmed by Jesus (Luke 11:42). Tithing means giving the first 10% of your gross income to your local church. Why the local church? The examples we have in scripture are of tithe money supporting the work of the local faith community, and in our context that equals the local church. Further, God has clearly used our local church, Lake Tapps Christian Church, to reach people and change lives, including our own, so we acknowledge that by further investing in that entity. The tithe applies to any income level. With the tithe comes a promise of blessing from God (Mal 3:10). This promise doesn’t always mean we will be blessed financially, but it does always mean we will see more of God in our lives. Christians can genuinely debate whether the tithe is mandatory today, but what is not up for debate is Jesus’ call for all of his followers to go above and beyond norms to financially sacrifice for others (Matt 19:16-30), and the tithe is an excellent starting point with a strong biblical precedent.
Those who engage with Crossroads, but don’t financially support Crossroads, are certainly part of our community but have not yet joined the team. Jesus teaches, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). We reserve spots on the Lake Tapps team for those whose hearts are with God and the work he is doing through Lake Tapps. The kingdom of God advances through groups of people, and that is primarily done in our culture through the local church, so we pool our resources at Lake Tapps to aggressively pursue the mission that God gives to our team.
WE TRULY BELIEVE YOU CAN'T OUTGIVE GOD
WHEN YOU GIVE, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Jesus calls all of his followers to go above and beyond norms to financially sacrifice for others (Matthew 19:16-30). Your giving fuels life-change. It is only through the financial generosity of everyday people in our community that Lake Tapps is allowed to lead the community loving God & loving others. We believe money given to Lake Tapps is to be spent aggressively in areas where we see God moving.
REACHING FRIENDS IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY
We run hard after our friends and neighbors with the goal of sharing the way of Jesus with and providing resources to our neighborhoods.
REACHING OUR CONGREGATION
Whether it's investing in technology so people can access content about Jesus, making our facilities a comfortable, safe, and welcoming place, or keeping our team well resourced, we're always looking for ways to better lead and care for our church family.
REACHING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
By partnering with on-the-ground organizations across the world and sending teams to provide support and manpower, we're sharing Jesus with people near and far!
WAYS TO GIVE
Mail your gift to P.O. Box 8252 Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Text "LTCC" to 77977 to text your gift