We encourage you to read the following statements. There are several ways you can give at FBC (during the worship service, via mail, drop at the office or online). We want you to feel free to give in a way that is worshipful and convenient for your particular situation.
If you choose to give online, you can use e-checks or a credit card. However, we do encourage you not to go in debt to give. There is a distinction between credit cards and debt. Proper use of a credit card, where a purchase is made and then paid off as soon as the statement comes, is not necessarily debt and is a justifiable use of a credit card and consistent with Scripture. The use of a credit card does not constitute sin. The misuse or abuse of it does. We would encourage anyone with debt to adjust their lifestyle in such a way to eliminate debt as quickly as possible and to live within their means.
The Bible does speak against debt.
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except in continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law." - Romans 13:8
It all belongs to God.
Not just our money, but our home, our car, our time, our skills, EVERYTHING!
"Isn't everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?" - 1 Corinthians 4:7
"Each should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7
What should we give?
"but they gave themselves first to the Lord." - 2 Corinthians 8:5
When should we give?
We often talk about giving from the "first fruits". God desires to be preeminent in our lives so we should therefore give God the first portion.
"As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the first fruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything." - 2 Chronicles 31:5
How should we give?
Giving is an act of worship to God. In our obedience to Him, giving our time, talents and financial resources should be an expression of our relationship with Him. Giving is not limited to what is placed in the offering plate each Sunday or even through use of this system. we need to realize that giving doesn't just happen; it takes prayer, planning and sometimes even tough financial decisions in order to have the freedom to give more.
Giving is an act of worship to God.
The church has many resources available to help you in this area, from Bible studies, to educational seminar to one-on-one counseling. If you need assistance, please call the Church Office or click here for the "Finances" page. Remember, God owns it all and you have the honor and responsibility of handling God's money. If you have not been tithing, this is a great first goal. If you are already tithing, pray and ask God to identify the giving level He has in mind. Whatever you do, give from the heart and in a spirit of worship.