Legally speaking, churches are non-profit organizations. The budget of a local church is supported entirely by the free-will contributions of those who attend the church. It is through the faithfulness of people who call First Baptist home that the church can continue to share Jesus with the local community and beyond.
Giving is a kingdom principle. God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth, because this ten percent represented the first, or most important portion of all they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give “in keeping with his income.”
Everything we own and everything we have comes from God. So, when we give of our time and/or money, we simply offer him a portion of all the abundance he has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship that recognizes that everything we have already belongs to Him.