The GPF Apostolic Missions Network Inc. acknowledges that Faith Promise giving is a biblical method used by many local churches for raising financial support for world evangelization. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us a direct command in Matthew 28:19-20 to reach the world with the gospel: the good news of salvation available through His sacrificial death on the cross. It is His heart to see as many people across the world receive this message as possible.
In order to send the gospel to all areas around the world, we need messengers who are willing to move to those places, live among the people, and share the gospel with them. These people, who we call Missionaries, need the financial and prayer support of local churches in order to accomplish the work they are sent to do.
Faith Promise is not to be confused with:
- A pledge—no one will remind individuals of the exact amount they owe on their Faith Promise giving
- The tithe—a Faith Promise is a love gift to God, to be given beyond the tithe
- A substitute for mission offerings—In addition to Faith Promise, opportunity should be given for people to give to missions. Such offerings allow those not participating in Faith Promise an opportunity to give to missions; and, for those who are, it provides additional opportunities for giving as the Holy Spirit leads.
- A cure-all for a church’s financial problems
Faith Promise is based upon faith and is given first, just as the tithe, trusting God for needs. It follows the basic Biblical principle of sowing and reaping, sowing always being first (II Corinthians).
Consider the following principles and statements:
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is not a clever gimmick of men. The principle of faith-giving, even promising to give, is set forth in II Corinthians 8 and 9.
- While the giving in II Corinthians 8 & 9 was benevolent, there were missionary implications (10:15-16). The Macedonian believers supported Paul in his missionary work (Philippians 4: 15-16).
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING Commitment is for one year thus the necessity of having a yearly Faith Promise Offering.
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is over and above your tithes or regular contributions to your church.
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is normally not designated to any particular missionary. The church usually votes on distribution of funds.
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is not a pledge. A pledge is a legal, binding agreement, such as is signed with any credit purchase.
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is between the giver and the Lord. You are never asked for it. The cards are usually disposed after the conference.
- You should give your FAITH PROMISE OFFERING just as you give your tithe-right off the top.. It is the scriptural offering God has promised to bless:”Give and it shall be given unto you..” (Luke 6:38). “There is he that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty” (Proverbs 11:24).
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING depends, not on our ability to give, but on our faith in God to provide the means to give. In II Corinthians 8:3, the Macedonian believers were willing to give, not only what they could afford, but what they couldn’t. They had to trust the Lord for the supply of their needs.
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is motivated by our love for the Lord (II Corinthians8:8).
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is good for the believer and good for the church. The word “expedient” in II Corinthians 8:10 means “good, advisable, in the interest of oneself.”
- Making a promise or vow is actually encouraged in Psalm 76:11: “Vow and pay unto the Lord your God; let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.” Note Paul’s references to the Corinthians’ commitment “a year ago” (II Corinthians 9:8-10).
- God not only encourages us to give, but He supplies the gifts (II Corinthians 9:8-10).
- The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING includes every member of the family. Children and young people should be taught the biblical principles of tithes and offering. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21).