“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” 

– Psalm 24:1-2


Everything is God’s.  He made it all.  One of the ways we respond faithfully to God is by using the resources He has entrusted to us for His glory.  The problem is we often take God’s resources and figure out ways to bless us rather than honor God.  This is one of the reasons scripture talks so much about money and what we do with it.  This is the reason Jesus taught so much about money.  Jesus summed the issue up well when He said, “No servant can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.”


The biblical concept of tithing (tithe means “a tenth part”) is about not being controlled by a false god.  When we give God the first fruits of our labor, it is an act of faith.  It is trusting in the Lord’s provision and not our money.  It is one of the ways we worship.  It is one of the ways we grow in discipleship.  It is one of the ways we engage in God’s mission in the world.  We don’t give financially to the church because God needs some of our money.  We give because God wants all of our heart.


“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” – Malachi 3:10


“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7




During worship after the sermon, we encourage you to give joyously and generously to the work of the Lord.  Our deacons will pass around the offering plates during this time.  If you wish, you may use an offering envelope located in the back of the pew.


If you cannot make it to worship but would like to send your offering to the church office, you may send your check to First Presbyterian Church, 921 Ocean Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.


Giving online through ShelbyNext is easy!  Click here to access our giving portal or click the button above and you can give without setting up a donor account by selecting “Quick Give”.  If you are a first-time donor through our giving portal and would like to set up an account to track your giving, select “First Time” to set up your Donor Profile.  You can give online via credit or debit cards and ACH/eCheck.  Want to set up automatic recurring donations?  You can do that, too, by selecting “Scheduled Giving”.


There’s an app for that!  Giving is easy with the ShelbyNext | Giving mobile app.  Launch the app store from your device and search for “ShelbyNext” and download their Giving app.  When you launch the app, you can search for First Presbyterian Church by typing in our name and/or ZIP code (or you can search for “organizations near you” if you have Location Services turned on).  Login or create a donor profile and tap the “+” icon to give!


Did you know you can also give to First Pres by texting?  Text the amount you would like to give to 228-641-0382 (save this number in your contacts!).  If you are a first-time text-giving donor, you will be prompted to register via a secure URL and set up your credit or debit card info.  You will receive a confirmation text showing that your donation and registration were successful.  The next time you give, you just need to text the amount to 228-641-0382.  That’s it!