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.”
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.