Giving

 

At FMBC, we give away our money, time and talents to fulfill God's purposes.  The beginning of our giving is the tithe, which is ten percent of one’s income.  While many claim that this is an Old Testament practice not required by the New Testament, we reply that Jesus Himself said,

 

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cummin.   But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness.  You should have practiced the latter [tithing], without neglecting the former."   Matthew 23:23-24 (NIV)

The Bible also encourages us to be generous with our money beyond the tithe.  Paul encouraged the Corinthian church:

 

But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us - see that you also excel in this grace of giving.   2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)

 

Of course, the Christian faith is not just about how much money you can give. Many people choose to give of their time and talents as well as their money.  That is why we encourage people also to give their time and talents to God, so that He might use us for His Glory.  How do you do that?  By volunteering in one of our local or international mission projects, or by plugging into one of our church’s many ministries.  The Bible puts it this way:

 

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.   Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

 

At FMBC, we do not believe in wasting money on luxurious buildings.  Our staff members don’t come to work in  $3,000 suits.  We live modest lives and spend our money where it will do the most good for people who need Jesus.

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