We have all faced difficult seasons in our life where we find we need assistance: sudden illness, unemployment, furlough, high utility bill, or a broken-down vehicle. Because of the generosity of people within LifePoint Church, it is during these times that we are standing by to assist our fellow neighbors in Southern Maryland.
What is benevolence?
Benevolence is being willingly kind to someone. It’s a Biblical concept of sharing with those in need. Jesus modeled it (when a little boy shared his lunch and Jesus shared it with 5000 families), so we practice it. As followers of Jesus, we strive to be benevolent.
The WHY behind this is found in Acts 2:44-45 (immediately following the Holy Spirit moving and leading the CHURCH) which says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” And then again in Acts 4:32-35, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, they shared everything they had…and God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”
As people contribute to LifePoint Church through regular giving or specific donations to the benevolence fund, we disburse those funds to members of LifePoint Church and others in our Southern Maryland community who have submitted an application for assistance. Though we have limited funds, we follow a God who has unlimited resources. We will pray for you and, at times, be able to provide for you financially.
What we will do:
pray over every need
have a collaborative discussion (privately) over every need
decide collectively (yet anonymously) how to respond to the requests
What we won’t do:
write checks to people
give cash to people
pay people their paycheck amount
If you have a need…
For our Adobe-fillable benevolence application, please click here. When completed, hit Print, then "Save as PDF". Then please email the saved PDF File to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Benevolence Application" in the subject line. Thank you.
Please note: We presently do not have the resources to consider requests from outside our Southern Maryland community.
If you’d like to give…
“God loves those who love to give…” 2 Corinthians 9:7. If you’d like to share a financial gift for those in need, please click here. Thank you for your generosity!