Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:18-20, NKJV).
He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15, NKJV).
Jesus left each of us a mandate. This mandate is more than working on projects, more than doing programs. This mandate is to share God’s love and salvation with every person. God loves every person on earth. The world’s population currently is more than 6.5 billion people. Approximately one-half of these have never had an adequate witness of the gospel.
Four truths about this mandate:
- It is a command with no other option but to obey.
- It is a capability divinely given to us by God.
- This capability cannot be achieved without His power.
- This mandate can only be kept through faith.
FAITH PROMISE GIVING
- To complete the unfinished task, we must pray for more faith, not just for more money.
- “Faith” in Faith Promise Giving is trusting God for what are yet unrealized resources to invest in obedience to the Great Commission.
- “Promise” in Faith Promise Giving is keeping your word once the miracle happens and giving the resources we receive, instead of indulging yourself in selfish desires and pleasures.
- Faith Promise Giving is growing into responsible stewardship through faithful, consistent and regular giving.
- Faith Promise Giving is an agreement between you and the Lord that looks to the true Source for a weekly, monthly or annual commitment.
A Faith Promise Commitment
- Does not depend upon known resources, but rather depends on a sense that God would be pleased to channel such missions finances through you.
- Faith Promise Giving is not what you think you can afford to give, but what you believe God wants to do through you.
- Faith Promise Giving is a commitment big enough to stretch your faith and challenging enough to force you to your knees.
Faith Promise Principles
As you take steps to make your Faith Promise, you may have questions and doubt. During times of questioning, it often helps to return to basic principles and truths. Therefore, we recommend that you consider these the four principles that follow. They have benefited many during the Faith Promise decision-making process.
Prayer starts it all. Nothing prepares our hearts to respond to God like seeking His heart through prayer. Don’t rush this process. The longer you pray, “God show me how to give,” the more ways God will show you.
Your Faith Promise is not about quantity; it is about faith and obedience. One of the guiding principles behind this opportunity is equal obedience, not equal gifts. All giving in the Bible was proportional, because God has given us different amounts of resources. God is interested in our hearts, not our amounts.
This process is about seeking a commitment decision that is pleasing to God. For most of us, it is easy to find what is pleasing to us. But to find what is pleasing to God, we’ll have to stretch our faith through prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Is my commitment amount pleasing to God? Ask yourself these four questions:
- Does this amount really require me to trust God? (2 Corinthians 9:6–8)
- Does this amount show I value my hope of eternal reward more than material things on earth? (1 Timothy 6:17–19)
- Does this amount represent a genuine sacrifice? (2 Samuel 24:24)
- Does this amount express the level of thanksgiving I have for the ways Christ and His church have blessed my life and family? (Psalm 54:6)
When we know that we have made a prayerful and proportional Faith Promise commitment—one that is pleasing to God—He will grant us a peace that “passes all understanding.” People experience this in different ways. Often it comes by a confirming word or situation after we’ve made a decision. At other times it is a general sense of calm, knowing that we are moving in God’s perfect will.