We began attending First Baptist Church around the time the new building on the Westside was completed. At first, we were not giving to the ministry of the church. Tithing was not emphasized in either of our homes growing up, so we were not keen on the idea of giving OUR money away.
As we formed a deeper connection with our new church, God began to change our hearts. He showed us that the church is a family and we are part of the family. Families take care of one another. We had been just taking what we wanted and needed from the church, but we were not giving back.
After receiving some education on stewardship, we came to the point of conviction. We realized we were not being obedient to God’s command to give. This disobedience made us see that we were not truly placing our trust in Him.
Everything we have is from the Lord; it was never OUR money. It was then that we understood that it was our responsibility to give back to God’s ministry what was already HIS.
God has blessed us with an amazing church family. We both contribute through tithing and in our service. We want to take care of His church and the people in it, so we do our part.
We believe it is the responsibility of the church membership to support mission trips and ministry budgets, but also to pay for utility bills and staff salaries. We have placed our trust in God’s plan for our church family, and that is why we give.