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A believer labors not to build personal wealth or possessions but to manage God's resources well, and model Jesus to our brothers, sisters, and community. We recognize that we are not owners, but managers of what God has given us.

Our work is an effort to serve our God and Father in all things, and one of the primary ways we serve God is by cheerfully giving God our first fruits as described in  2 Corinthians 9:7 and Proverbs 3:9. We call our members to give, not under compulsion, but gladly sacrificing for the sake of the gospel because Jesus sacrificed for us, and all we have is His.

There are four ways to contribute to First Baptist:

In Person
On Sunday's when we worship through the giving of tithes and offerings during each service. You may also deposit your gift by using the drop boxes located at the Worship Center exits and in the hallway behind the Worship Center.

Bill Pay
You can setup online bill pay through your Bank's online Bill Pay service.

Online
Online giving provides the ability to worship through  financial giving when you're unable to attend services due to illness, business, or vacation or simply out of convenience. You have the option of setting up online giving one time or recurring, thereby enabling you to maintain consistency in regular giving of tithes and offerings.

By Mail
First Baptist Church Richmond Hill                                                           
c/o Finance                                                                                                                                                     
P.O. Box 1390      
Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324

Why do we give? Giving is a privilege. The storehouse spoken of in Malachi is what we consider the local church. By partnering our monies together, God's work is done more effectively. Even Paul recognized this in the newly formed churches of the New Testament. He tells the Corinthian Church in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”

We recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell, or prayer. In Matthew 6:21, 24 Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

God provides for First Baptist through the tithes and offerings of members and attendees.

As Christ Followers we believe that we are to follow the Biblical example of tithing. Tithe means tenth, or 10 percent. Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” In Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

We believe that we are simply stewards, or managers, of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back what is God's to God (and He lets us keep the other 90% to use appropriately). Any amount above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness.

A tithe is giving the first 10% of your gross income as defined by Malachi 3:10. An offering is given above and beyond the tithe.

Do you wonder what people mean when they talk about tithing on gross or net income? The most common view is that gross earnings are the amount of God's provision, and the tithe should be based on one-tenth of God's provision. Taxes are generally considered payment for the privileges and services provided by the government. Though scripture doesn't necessarily use the literal terms "net" or "gross," it is important to note that the spirit in which we give is of greatest value to God. He tells us in 2 Corinthians 9 that "each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

Giving 10% of your income to your church can be a big - and often frightening - commitment! But if scripture tells us to honor Him with our first fruits and our blessings will be overflowing, we must learn to trust that He is faithful to provide. God wants us to trust Him. Seek His guidance in how much you should give, and he will honor your faithfulness and obedience. Still not sure? Financial Counseling is available to assist you in finding your way to financial freedom and Biblical generosity. Contact Vance Fleming by clicking on the link above for more information.

Every dollar given to First Baptist is used to support the mission of the church; therefore, gifts cannot be restricted for use by a specific ministry. When you give an offering above your tithe, you do have the option of giving to specific ministries.

The apostle Paul spoke to the new churches about giving. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul admonishes the Corinthian church, “Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” He prompted the believers to be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” And in 2 Corinthians 8:7 he encourages, “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.”

Cash contributions must be received or postmarked by December 31 to be included on your giving statement for that year. Online transactions must be initiated by December 31.

We believe that God owns everything according to Psalm 24:1, “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

Yes. We consider every penny spent to be mission spending! First Baptist’s budget also supports contributions to international and local missions, and Mercy Ministries (benevolence).

Yes. Our budget is set every fall for the following year based on the goals and objectives of each ministry area within the church.

Our finance department is held accountable by a firm set of internal controls and a Finance Committee made up of First Baptist members and conducts periodic audits. Accounting standards are based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Yes. A Budget / Annual report is available showing financial and ministry information.

Yes. Contribution notices are mailed bi-annually at mid-year and the beginning of the year.

Online Giving

First Baptist has online giving available to those who wish to use it. It's fast, secure, easy-to-use and convenient! No need to write a check or remember to bring cash on Sunday.

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Worship Service  9:00 am
Sunday School 10:10 am
Worship Service 11:15 am
   
Wednesday  
Wednesday Night Supper (Sept-May) 5:15 pm
Bible Study 6:30 pm
The Way Youth Ministry 6:30 pm
Children's Ministry 6:30 pm
   
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Life Group Bible Studies Various
   
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