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Giving is a vital part of spiritual formation and maturity. It requires two things of us: Faith and Faithfulness.
Giving is an active expression of our faith. It recognizes God as our True Provider. It also affirms our confidence in His ability to supply all we need. It is an act of gratitude and dependence. And, it allows us to partner with God and His work through our church locally, regionally and globally.
Giving requires the highest standard of personal integrity and discipline. It is not a casual or occasional thing. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the bible teaches we are to give willingly, generously and cheerfully. Our pattern should reflect a regular and systematic plan. In Malachi 3:10, we learn God's standard of the tithe or first tenth being set apart in all of our earnings as a gift to God. Through our tithes and offerings, we prove faithful in the stewardship of all God has provided for us.
"Since you excel in so many ways-you have so much faith, such enthusiasm, and such love for us-now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving." 2 Corinthians 8:7
As Christians, we are in a constant process of spiritual growth, and as we grow to yield to the lordship of Jesus Christ in our daily lives and obey His commands. Like the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship and Bible reading, tithing is a simple act to be used in that growth process. And it is in obeying God that we as Christians find abundant life.
The word "tithe" means on tenth (1/10). It refers to giving 10% (1/10) of one's income to the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:30 says, "Those who honor me will I honor, but those who despise me will be distained."
How do we honor God? Proverbs 3:9-10 says, "Honor the Lord with your income, with the first fruits of all your crops, then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." This was written in a time based on agricultural economy when believers took the first and best of all their produce and gave it to the Lord; one tenth. While our system of exchange is different today, we can apply the same principle in giving to the Lord the first of our income- 10% - before any earthly financial obligations. But can you afford that? If you love and fear god, you can afford not to give. If you will write that first check each week/month to the Lord, upon the authority of His Word, He will make sure you have all you need. Maybe not all you want, but all you need.
While tithes are the basics of Christian Stewardship, offerings are gifts made above and beyond the scriptural tithe. Throughout the year, you may learn of financial needs beyond regular operations to which you feel led by God to contribute. Gifts made to such specific areas are called "designated" gifts, and when making contributions to those areas, you must specify or designate where you want that money to go. Some examples are LightShine III, Lottie Moon, etc.
Lightshine IV is the name for Florence Baptist Church's capital campaign that is set up to pay for the CGC Children's Growth Center.
Please pray as you commit to give your offering over and above your tithe. Click on the commitment card and view the various options that are available.
Walk-in You may bring your contribution to the office during the week, Monday-Thursday, 8AM-5PM or Friday 8am-12noon. (Cash or Check)