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HOW CAN WE DO MORE FOR MISSIONS? Understanding Faith Promise Mission’s Giving

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HOW CAN WE DO MORE FOR MISSIONS?   Understanding Faith Promise Mission’s Giving

 

How can we increase our ability to do more for missions? How can we do our part to send more Missionaries to the field so they can start winning souls?   How can we “find the money” to support missions?     These are questions that good Pastors and Church leaders are asking continually.

So often these good Pastors are requested by many good, sound, and Biblical Missionaries to come and present their ministries to their Churches.   More often than not, this is the dreaded reply, “Brother, I would LOVE to have you, but we are experiencing tough times and we simply do not have any extra money for missions. As a matter of fact, we are struggling to maintain support for the ones we already have committed to.”

I am sure that most of these Pastors are troubled with telling us Missionaries these facts. So what is the solution? When I was a pastor I held a Faith promise Mission’s Conference each year. The results were amazing. Each year we were able to do two things. First, we were able to increase the support of our existing Missionaries (many Missionaries lose a lot of support while they are on the field), and we were able to ADD new missionaries to our Mission’s Team.

On my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jim.kilgore1), I raised a heart-searching question that I think is vital for missions advancement.

Two Crucial Questions to Ask of Yourself, and of Your Church

 

*   What exactly are YOU and your Church doing for Global missions?

*   Second, have you increased your efforts for Global Missions in 2015 from 2014?

 

The way this can happen is by holding Yearly Faith Promise Mission’s Conferences. This did so much spiritually for our Churches.   Tithes increased as people learned the Biblical basis for giving; Mission’s dollars dramatically increased year after year; and even our offerings increased as a result of our faith Promise Mission’s Conferences. A side benefit was that our Churches came as close to revival after such a meeting as ANY meeting we ever had on our yearly calendar.

FAITH PROMISE GIVING is relatively new to some Christians and many people have misunderstandings about its meaning.  In this study, we will teach on the Biblical basis of faith promise missions and answer some key questions that people have asked. Hopefully, this will prove of assistance to all.

 

WHAT IS FAITH PROMISE GIVING?

Answer: Faith Promise Giving is trusting God, by faith, to enable you to give extra money, above your tithe, to the mission program of your church.

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF FAITH PROMISE GIVING?

Answer: According to II Corinthians 10:15-16, it accomplishes a 3-fold purpose.

     *   It increases the faith of the believer and the church body collectively.

     *  It enlarges the mission outreach of the church accordingly

     *  It reaches more people with the gospel of Jesus Christ that are in the regions beyond.

 

HOW DOES FAITH PROMISE GIVING WORK?

Answer: God gives us the plan of Faith Promise Giving in II Corinthians 9:6-10.   This is it. You pray and ask God how much He would have you to trust Him to give to the work of missions. As God impresses a certain amount upon your heart that He would like to give through you, then you promise to give that amount by faith. THAT IS FAITH PROMISE GIVING!! The promise is found in  II Corinthians 9:6, “He that soweth sparingly, shall reap also sparingly, but he that soweth bountifully, shall reap also bountifully.” In verse 8, God said, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work.” God will simply use you as a channel in order to give what He would have you give to the work of world-wide evangelization through your church.

 

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH PROMISE AND TITHING?

Answer: Tithes are taught in the Bible and are based upon your known income; they are to go to the work of the local church. A FAITH PROMISE GIFT is NOT your tithe nor part of your tithe. FAITH PROMISE GIVING is letting God use you as a channel to place extra money into His work!  You ask God how much HE wants You to trust Him to provide through You.  When He places the amount upon your heart, you make your promise to Him by faith!!! New participants can start at any level.

[Involvement is what is most important. Even if only a small amount per week, you are doing something regularly for worldwide missions!  HOWEVER: You shouldn’t give to Faith Promise unless you are first tithing.]

 

WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR FAITH PROMISE GIVING?

Answer: In II Corinthians 8 and 9, we find the principle of giving by faith. It is referred to as a grace. II Corinthians 8:3 says they gave “to their power” and then “beyond their power”. “To their power” refers to the regular tithe. “Beyond their power” refers to giving more than they could afford or beyond their limits of ability. They gave and trusted God to supply “all their needs” II Corinthians 9:8.

 

IS A FAITH PROMISE GIVING A COMMITMENT CARD THAT IS SIGNED?

Answer: NO. A commitment is made between you, your church, and God. Once you make that commitment, you are obligated to fulfill it. The Faith Promise is made between you and God and the only person who will knock on your door is God. No attempt is made to collect a FAITH PROMISE. It is a matter between you and God.

 

HOW DO I MAKE A FAITH PROMISE COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST?

Answer: Faith Promises are usually made at the close of the mission’s conference. After praying about it, each person marks the amount (weekly) that they feel God wants to give through them. These cards are turned in unsigned and are used by the church only to determine how to plan the giving for the coming year. Do not ask others how much they give.

 

WHEN SHOULD I GIVE MY FAITH PROMISE? BY THE WEEK OR WAIT UNTIL GOD GIVES IT TO ME?

Answer: Scripture teaches us that we should purpose in our heart and then we should so give. Paul says that it is giving by faith and trusting God to meet your needs. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it shall be given unto you; Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.”

 

Faith Promise Giving Causes One’s Faith in God’s Ability to Increase

 

It motivates the believer to trust God more in every phase of their lives. It leads to the kind of faith that says to the mountain, “Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and it shall be done.” “Should I try Faith Promise Giving?” God invites you to experiment. II Corinthians 9:13 says, “While by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God…unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto ALL MEN.”  

 

You Can Help Us Reach the World for Christ Through Faith Promise Missions Giving

For those who have already been involved and are continuing a pledge: the challenge each year is to grow in faith. Please consider an increase in your promise for the sake of lost souls, and as a step of ever increasing faith!

I would encourage you to prayerfully consider what God might have you to do, as a Church, or as a Christian that believes in starting Churches in many different countries across the world.  

 You may help support this ministry, and the pastors starting churches with us by following this link to our website and going directly to our “Contribution’s Tab.” 

www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com.

 

Then you may support this ministry and or support a National Preacher.   We need your help to start more Churches.  

In early 2015, a Pakistani Evangelist told me that he had 100 men that feared no one but Jesus Christ, and who would live for soul-winning and starting Churches ready for my word to assist this ministry. I need YOUR financial assistance to move forward in a country that is 96.4% Muslim.

 

Will you help us today to reach those that are not being reached for Jesus Christ? We have an open door, but doors in these countries do not remain open long. NOW is the time to walk through this door in Pakistan.  

Again, please visit us at:   www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com.

 

 

Untold Billions REMAIN Untold

Revival: We Will Pray, or We Will Fail!

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Revival:  We Will Pray, or We Will Fail!


Psalm 85:6 is a prayer for revival.  It asked God, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

I firmly believe that America needs a revival.  You need a revival.  I need a revival; Our Churches are in desperate need of a revival.  Most families are in dire need of a revival. We need revival! We must have revival! Revival is no longer an option.  It is something we must have!

 

Questions Each Christian Must Seriously Ask and Answer
 
  • Do you REALLY want to have a revival? 
 
  • Are you willing to pay the price to obtain a Heaven-sent revival?
 
  •  Are you willing to humble yourself, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from your wicked ways? (II Chronicles 7:14).
 
  •  Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to perform spiritual surgery upon your proud, and independent heart?  
 
  • Are you willing to submit to the painful process of Biblical repentance of allowing the Holy Spirit to Break up your Fallow ground?   

Hosea 10:12:
“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. “  Fallow ground is ground which at one time was fruitful, and productive.  But over the years a certain hardness has settled into the soil and now the ground is barren and fruitless. This is the true condition of most of our hearts, my fellow Christian.   If we REALLY want to have revival, we must start his process individually before it can sweep across America Nationally.  We can no longer say that America is sinful until we see the exceeding sinfulness of our own person sin that has contributed to the demise of this GREAT Country (Romans 7:13).
Some Are Questioning, Will God Send a Revival to America?
 
The answer is an emphatic ‘YES’.  God can, and will send revival when you and I are willing to pay the price to obtain one. 

There Are Many Reasons Why God Has Withheld Revival From America

 

1.  The reason we’re not having revival may be that we have not been praying for one.  Or, if we are praying for a revival, are we praying with the faith to believe that God ‘Can’ send the revival we so desperately need?  James 4:2 reminds us that “we have not because we ask not.”

 2.   James has taught us that when we pray.” we must ask in faith, nothing wavering…    (James 1:5-8).  1 John 5:14,And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”  We know that it is God’s will to send revival, so we may ask boldly and confidently, expecting God to grant our desire, (Psalm 37:4). 
 
3.   And yet is still possible to ask, and to even ask in faith, yet not obtain.   James 4:3 makes this very clear, “Ye ask , and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”  This is simply praying with selfish motives.   In revival we need to be concerned about the Glory of God and not so life will be easier for us as believers in America. 
        At this point, I want to ask you, why do you want to have a revival?  What are your real reasons for desiring revival?  What are your motives for seeking revival?
4.     Sin will prevent God from doing that which is obviously His will to do, which in this case, is to send a revival to us.     

God said to Moses, after he had heard the cry of Israel in bondage, Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.”
Yet years later, speaking this time through the Prophet Isaiah,  but about the same people, God had this to say about their prayers:  “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear,”  Isaiah 59:2.    
We must now take time to do what David did in Psalm 139:23-24 and invite the Holy Spirit to search (ransack)  our hearts and for Him to reveal any and all of the wickedness in our hearts.Here we see the position of God with regards to the prayers of his chosen people Israel, both prayers were made by his people, and it was a cry unto the Lord, but we see God being favorably disposed to one, while to the other one he hid his face.For every prayer that is presented, God, who is the Omnipotent one has the ability, the power and the resources to fulfill them (Philippians 4:19, Jeremiah 32:27). 
But such prayers must first of all get his attention. Even the enemy of our soul knows this simple truth, and this is why his attack on the prayer life and the prayers of believers is either to get them out of their prayer closet through discouragement, or simply to set up road blocks in order to intercept and derail their prayers.So our job is to remove those barriers and clear the way for God to listen to, and then move in response to our prayers.  James 5:15 has reminded the believer that  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”   We need to have prevailing prayer which is prayer that gets that which is asked of God.
 
In a revival, the hearts of God’s people are broken in repentance and genuine humility, the Lord’s people come together in love and service, and the Lord’s work of ministry, giving, witnessing, and missionary activity moves forward at lightning speed.

Oh may we all pray this prayer so fervently, and yet so sincerely from the depths of our hearts:

Lord, Send a Revival,
Lord, Send a Revival,
Lord, Send a Revival,
And let it begin in me.

A friend of mine in Alaska and I have recently started a new Facebook Group Page athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1604847593061820/),  which we have called: “We MUST Have Revival in America.”  You may join us by hitting Like on our page.  We will keep you informed on topics concerning revival and updates on what is happening across America.

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