What is “Faith-Promise Giving”?
- The believer looks to the Lord “in faith” asking how much he would have the believer give; then promises to give as the Lord directs.
What is the Biblical basis of Faith-Promise Giving?
- Second Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9, forms the general basis for FAITH-PROMISE GIVING. Chapter 8, verse 3, mentions “to their power” and “beyond their power.” “To their power” or according to their power, relates especially to tithes and offerings, or known sources of income. “Beyond their power” relates in a unique way to FAITH-PROMISE GIVING, since looking beyond any known sources of income is to look to the Lord for His special enabling.
What is the relationship between the Faith-Promise plan and the paying of tithes, or the giving of offerings?
- Tithes and offerings are taught in the Word of God and are urgently needed in the work of the church. But these are not sufficient to get the gospel to the world in this generation. Tithes and offerings look to, and depend on, a stated income. FAITH-PROMISE looks directly to God, asking in effect: “How much can I trust God to give through me?” This offers God a channel through which He can pour limitless amounts into His work through His children.
Are “Faith-Promises” pledges?
- No, FAITH-PROMISES are not pledges. A pledge is horizontal, made to a church, society, or other worthy cause. The FAITH-PROMISE is vertical, being made between the believer and the Lord. If at the end of the year God has not enabled the person to meet his FAITH-PROMISE commitment, the matter is only between that person and the Lord.
How should Faith-Promise commitments be made?
- It is best that commitments be made at a missions conference time. If no such conference is held in the local church, it would be well for the church to have a missions Sunday and the commitments can be made at any time. The amount needs to be clearly indicated per week, per month, or per year.