South Charlotte Baptist Church is just about to conclude its annual Faith Promise Missions Revival. We have had a wonderful time being challenged, from God's Word, regarding world-wide evangelism.
Here at South Charlotte Baptist Church we practice "faith promise" giving for world-wide missions. Some churches practice "grace giving" for world-wide missions. Simply put, it is the practice of giving, above and beyond an individual's regular tithes and offerings, financially to support, through the local church, world-wide missions.
Regardless of what you call it, I can attest (and there are many within South Charlotte Baptist Church who would also willingly attest) to the fact that "you can't out-give God!"
Recently, I came across a small pamphlet entitled, "Six Principles of Faith Promise Giving." I would like to share these principles for your consideration:
#1. It is Scriptural.
In the Old Testament we find that the people gave over and above their tithes. As God blessed them, they gave to God and to His Work.
In the New Testament the Apostle Paul received gifts of various churches. These gifts were special offerings which were collected and given to the work of the Lord. The words "gift," "bounty," "abundance," "willingly," are all words which he uses to characterized this giving. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 we read, "He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
#2. It is a Source of God's Provision and Blessing
Faith Promise giving is "willing" giving. It is never required. The giver must be sensitive to God and open to what He will do through us. One of the great blessings of the Christian life is to allow God to work through us in meeting the needs in others lives. Faith Promise provides the opportunity for us to become personally involved in giving to help spread the Gospel to those who are without Jesus Christ. WE are not only obeying God's command but we are bringing blessing to ourselves, our families, our church and to others.
#3. It is not a Pledge.
A pledge is something between you and an organization (say a church) or an individual. It places an obligation upon the giver and could be considered a legal obligation. Faith Promise is simply a promise to God. You are telling God that you will give as He supplies. You will never be billed for a Faith Promise commitment. If you are unable to give what you have committed, you should prayerfully tell it to God and wait for His provision.
#4. It is Trusting God For What I Do Not Now Have.
Since it is by faith, it is not giving from funds that you already possess. If you had it in the bank, there would be no need to trust God to supply it. Faith Promise is putting faith to work by asking God to increase your capability to give to the work of missions around the world. Then as God supplies, your gift expands the work of missions. God may supply weekly (perhaps an unexpected increase in your salary) or periodically (through gifts or bonuses) during the year.
#5. It is a Commitment.
Faith Promise is making a commitment to God. It involves the responsibility that as God give us the money that we will follow through on our promise to Him.
#6. It Should be Entered into Prayerfully.
This is a major, spiritual decision in the believer's life. It should not be entered into without thought and prayer. Oswald J. Smith once wrote: "If I had waited until I had it, I never would have given it, because I never would have had it. I gave a faith offering and God honored it."
Prayerfully consider how God would have you give, above your regular tithes and offerings, to the work of world-wide missions through your local church!