What is a FAITH PROMISE? By Paul Brannan IT IS A NEW EXPERIENCE IN GIVING!
One Half Of The World Is Without An Adequate Gospel Witness. WE HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO REACH THEM!
WE HAVE ONLY TWO CHOICES: 1. WE MUST GO AS MISSIONARIES - Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”Mark 16:15 (NIV) or 2. WE MUST SEND OTHERS - Paul wrote, “And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him?”Rom 10:15 (TLB) COMMITTED MONTHLY GIVING MAKES THIS POSSIBLE.
KINDS OF MISSIONS GIVING 3 • Emotional Giving- One gives only when moved to do so • Token Giving- One who seldom fails to give but only amounts so small that little effort is required • Committed Giving- One who takes seriously their responsibility to help evangelize the world
IS NOT YOUR TITHE IS NOT JUST A PLEDGE COMMITTED MISSIONS GIVING: Your tithe is God’s portion of what He has already provided for you. The Church office will not contact you if you fail to make a payment.
PAUL WROTE ABOUT THE MACEDONIAN CHRISTIANS, “For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,” 2 Cor 8:3 (NASV)
COMMITTED GIVING, EXPRESSED IN TWO WAYS, SUPPORTS MISSIONS “according to their ability” BUDGETED GIVING “..beyond their ability..” FAITH PROMISE GIVING
To include missions in your monthly budget as a priority item Tithe Missions House House Food Car BUDGETED GIVING MEANS: • To give regularly • To give what you are truly able to afford
FAITH PROMISE GIVING LIFTS US TO A HIGHER LEVEL – A NEW EXPERIENCE IN GIVING It is not based solely on your ability to pay but rests confidently in God’s ability to provide as your faith ascends to new heights.
It is your total reliance upon God for divine provision. WHAT IS A FAITH PROMISE? • It is a sacred act. • It is a spiritual agreement between you and God to give monthly during the next year.
Every family should make a faith promise WHO SHOULD MAKE A FAITH PROMISE? • If you are not all called to go, you are called to send others. • Children should be taught to make a faith promise
FAITH PROMISE GIVING IS: THE GREAT EQUALIZER
IS YOUR PROMISE REALLY MADE IN • If it is an amount that you can afford to give, it doesn’t require as much faith. • If the amount you have promised to give isn’t a challenge to you, it may not stretch your faith. FAITH?
Missionaries cannot leave for the field until their budget is complete. WHY MUST I FILL OUT A FAITH PROMISE CARD? Missions leadership will not know how much the church can commit to support missionaries until your promises are totaled.
Amounts, but not names, will be announced. I DON’T WANT OTHERS TO KNOW WHAT I AM GIVING! • Confidentiality will be maintained. • Only those who administer missions funds will see your card.
IF I MADE A FAITH PROMISE LAST YEAR, MUST I MAKE A NEW ONE? • Yes, because each faith promise is made for one year. • Yes, because you WILL want to increase your giving for next year. • Yes, because we start fresh today.
__________ 20___ HOW DO I GIVE MY FAITH PROMISE? • Most will give on missions Sunday. • Some will give as they receive their salary. • Others must wait until God provides. • All should clearly mark their giving “missions”.
365 DAYS HOW LONG DOES A FAITH PROMISE LAST? ONE YEAR 52 WEEKS 12 MONTHS UNTIL YOUR NEXT CONVENTION
PET FOOD & CARE CABLE TELEVISION HOW MUCH IS A FAITH PROMISE? • IF GOD GAVE HIS SON, AND JESUS GAVE HIS LIFE FOR LOST SOULS • SHOULDN’T WE GIVE MORE TO REACH THE LOST THAN WE SPEND ON: ?
CALVARY DEMANDS OUR BEST, NOT OUR LEFTOVERS!
So, How Much Should My Faith Promise Be? Here’s a revolutionary idea. HE WILL TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOUR FAITH PROMISE SHOULD BE. JUST ASK GOD!
ACTIVE OBEDIENCE WILL LEAD YOU TO MAKE YOUR COMMITMENT NOW! “Each one must do as he has made up his mind…”2 Cor 9:7 (RSV)
WILL UNLOCK THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO COMPLETE YOUR COMMITMENT “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” 2 Cor 9:8 (RSV) ACTIVE FAITH
THIS IS NOT THE END IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING