Worship & Giving

As a fundraiser in my day job, I’m always interested in unexpected references to giving.

Today, I was reading a wonderful article on worship from John Wimber. After recounting his wife Carol’s experience in the early days of the Vineyard, he goes on to teach about five phases of worship. I was amazed to see the fifth, in some ways deepest phase, was this:

GENEROSITY

The fifth phase of worship is the giving of substance. The church knows so little about giving, yet the Bible exhorts us to give to God. It is pathetic to see people preparing for ministry who don’t know how to give. That is like an athlete entering a race, yet he doesn’t know how to run. If we haven’t learned to give money, we haven’t learned anything. Ministry is a life of giving. We give our whole lives; God should have ownership of everything. Remember, whatever we give God control of He can multiply and bless, not so we can amass goods, but so we can be more involved in His enterprise.

Whatever I need to give, God inevitably first calls me to give it when I don’t have any of it – whether it is money, love, hospitality, or information. Whatever God wants to give through us He first has to do to us. We are the first partaker of the fruit. But we are not to eat the seed, we are to sow it, to give it away.

The underlying premise is that whatever we are is multiplied, for good or for bad. Whatever we have on our tree is what we are going to get in our orchard.

As we experience these phases of worship, we experience intimacy with God, the highest and most fulfilling calling men and women may know.

I recommend reading the entire article. You can find it at the Vineyard Boise’s site.

Dating Event in Lewiston

debunking the dating myths
Friday March 7, 2008, 7-9pm
Vineyard Lewiston Fireside Lounge
(12 Foss Rd. Lewiston, ME 04240)

This is an event for anyone, ages 16-35 who is wanting to learn more about real, healthy relationships!

Come enjoy a cup of coffee, yummy desserts, meet some new friends, bring some old friends.
Hear some practical insight for the dating mystery, ask your questions, get some answers.

(Child Care available, by reservation only…email jenna.stepp@vineyardlewiston.com)

A night with Christian Dunn, Vineyard youth pastor and author of Finding the One: How Dating Prepares You For Marriage

(Christian was a leader of East Coast Aflame at the age of 16 and has been leading young people for over 10 years. He is the youth leader at the Vineyard at the Barn, PA. He will also be doing an all day event for guy only ages 13-25 on Saturday, March 8th called CRASH. Check it out at http://www.relevantwisdom.org/contact.html (registration required for CRASH event)

“Bulimic Spirituality”

Just read a blog post from Winn Griffin on Bulimic Spirituality.

It’s a bit graphic…but it makes sense. His description reminded me of my sermon last Sunday. In it, I explaine Wimber’s idea that most of us think we live in three kingdoms: dark, light, and normal. Sometimes we do bad things, then we make up by doing good things, but we always come back to normal life.

The Bible only teaches two: Kingdom of Darkness or Kingdom of Light. One or the other.

What do you think? Read Winn’s post and add your comments here.