Believers have a tremendous opportunity to proclaim the Gospel and give evidence of grace working within them as they give generously. The Lord gives us the opportunity to proclaim to our neighbors and community His sufficiency and provision. Think about it:
- Giving invigorates our devotion to Christ.
- Giving frees us from the tyranny of consumerism and materialism.
- Giving provides an outlet for compassion.
- Giving provides us an opportunity to teach our families that money is a servant rather than our master.
So, our prayer is that as a faith family we would live being generous givers of time, talents, and treasures.
Giving To First Baptist Church
There are several ways that you are able to giving to First Baptist:
Cash & Checks
Please make checks payable to “First Baptist Church” or “FBCLP”. These checks may be dropped in the offering plates each Sunday morning, or they may be mailed to our church offices at the address below:
First Baptist Church Lake Park
Attention: Finance Department
512 W. Cotton Ave.
Lake Park, GA 31636
If you would rather deliver your check in person, feel free to drop it by the church office.
Donations of Securities
If you have questions about the donation of stocks, mutual funds, etc., please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For issues related to contributions, event registration transactions and annual contribution statements, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions About Tithing and Giving
- Why Give?
The simplest answer to this question is “because you want to.” Giving, like all godly obedience, is not a matter of begrudging submission, but rather the desire of the changed heart in response to God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 2:9 says, “God loves a cheerful giver.”
As those who have been recipients of the abundant grace of God, we should desire to reflect that grace to others. Love for God and love for our fellow man should compel us to gladly give of those things with which we have been temporarily entrusted. The Scriptures say that love is foundational in our response and without it our gifts are empty (see 1 Corinthians 13).
For many of those who are still influenced by the sinful desires of the world, giving is not cheerful. Regardless, we are still exhorted to give while also encouraged to seek repentance for any selfishness, covetousness and greed, which may still linger in our hearts. We must remember that our lack of cheerfulness is in contrast to God’s abundant provision of forgiveness of sin and relationship with Him. We should meditate often on His provision, especially in the cross of Christ, as the failure to do so may lead us to forget how insignificant our gifts are in relation to what He has given. Where we are begrudging in our attitude or actions, we should pray for repentance and an appreciative and generous heart.
We must remember that all creation belongs to the Creator. We are merely stewards of that which rightfully and truly belongs to Him. Failing to obediently and joyfully give is a reflection of a failure to recognize His sovereign claim to all things. Therefore, the use of our resources, financial or otherwise, is an expression of our understanding of God and consequent disposition toward Him.
- What are ways I can give?
Biblical categories include, but are not limited to, tithes, offerings and sacrifices.
Tithes are the consistent and routine gifts of the believer. They are primarily described in the Old Testament and included the giving of 10 percent of the first of a harvest to the Lord. This form of giving was so essential within the Old Testament that failing to carry it out properly was considered robbery (Malachi 3:8-10). It is important to note that the New Testament does not nullify the call for tithes, but rather adds depth and dimension to true tithing (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42). In other words, tithing alone is not a sufficient expression of obedience, but it is nonetheless a necessary aspect. Therefore, a wise interpretation of the whole of Scripture should lead us to conclude that tithing, giving 10 percent, is a healthy starting point from which to base our giving.
Offerings are gifts given above and beyond tithes. These can be a consistent gifts or a response to a need which may arise. The point of such giving is a worshipful recognition of God’s goodness and providence and a desire to bless others.
Sacrifices (as used in this context) are similar to offerings in that they are given beyond the allotted tithe, but are distinguished in that they specifically require some form of self-denial. The overarching narrative of Scripture portrays God’s people as those who are called to willingly love others to the point of laying down their own rights. An aspect of this attitude is the desire to sacrifice for the sake of others. A good example of such giving is found in the eighth chapter of 2 Corinthians in which Paul writes that the Macedonian churches gave “beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part” in giving to meet the needs of their brothers and sisters. Though these churches were themselves quite poor, the gospel impacted them and created in them a thirst for generosity.
- Should I give while in debt?
Tithing is a responsibility, which we must honor. Debt is a responsibility, which we must honor. Both duties must be considered carefully.
The Scriptures specifically speak about debt and command believers to work toward alleviating this burden. In a sense, almost all Americans are in some sort of debt. Whether that be a house payment, car payment, apartment contract, credit card or otherwise. Therefore, if everyone was to wait until they were out of debt to give, nobody would ever give and the community would suffer as would our responsibility toward giving.
The call to repay creditors must not be allowed to usurp the command to give and neither should our giving nullify our need to pay off debt. Both must be pursued. Deciding how to allocate funds to achieve both responsibilities will probably not be easy for all of us and therefore should press us toward considered counsel and wisdom.
- Are my gifts to First Baptist Church Lake Park tax-deductible?
Our policies for acknowledging and recording charitable contributions adhere to the IRS rules for these types of gifts. (For more information on the IRS rules, please refer to Publication 526, Charitable Contributions and for information on determining value, refer to Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. Both of these documents may be found on their web-site located at www.irs.gov.)
If gifts of cash and checks that are applicable to our general fund or in response to a church sponsored appeal for funds, then these gifts are considered tax-deductible. Per IRS rules on pass-through donations, gifts of cash and checks that are intended to ultimately benefit a particular individual are not considered tax-deductible.
Payments for events, camps, materials, etc. are not considered tax-deductible contributions.
We do not acknowledge as a charitable contribution donations of personal services or labor.
We do accept non-cash contributions of tangible items, including securities. Acknowledgements for these types of gifts are given to the respective donor. The acknowledgement includes an itemized listing of the tangible items, but does not include a value for these items. Per the IRS rules for charitable contributions, it is the donor’s responsibility to place a value on these types of gifts. Certain types of donated property require additional documentation to be completed and sent to the donor. In these circumstances, the church complies with all IRS rules for documentation and written acknowledgement of these contributions.