Christmas Special Offering
Every Christmas it is our desire as a church to honor the gift God gave us in Christ through our annual Christmas Special Offering. We have the opportunity to go above and beyond our normal giving to give our first and best gift to Christ Himself at Christmas. The Christmas Offering is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith.
Our 2018 Christmas Offering is called “We Give”. The offering will go in its entirety to the Resource Center at Baptist Theological College (BTC) in Cebu, Philippines. Their mission is to glorify God by helping churches train leaders to serve in ministry in all the areas where God calls them to minister. As a church, we have supported several church leaders and missionaries that have been part of the BTC family. We have experienced the fruit of their ministry for many years.
This past summer during our visit to BTC with Dr. Steve Wilkinson, several individuals were given a tour of the resource center. It became obvious to the team that this was a place that needed some updated resources. Our heart at First Baptist Church is for people to know Jesus and make him known. BTC is a place where they are training men and women to do just that. With a very minimal budget of $300 a year, they are unable to keep up with the needs of the students in regards to the resource center. Also, the library system in the Philippines is not developed in the way that it is the USA. Consequently, they have no way to borrow the books their students need.
It is our desire through the “We Give” Christmas offering to help provide BTC with updated computers, commentaries, vital Bible Study reference books, and updated audio-visual equipment. This will help each student and professor fulfill their mission to glorify God by helping train leaders to serve in ministry.
2 Corinthians 9:15 states, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift.” We are thankful that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son on that first Christmas morning. Out of gratitude, WE GIVE. This Christmas let us honor and give generously so that others will see the love of Jesus and be connected to Him. Special offering envelopes and online giving at www.fbcnc.org is available for your generous gift.