The grace of giving is one of the most amazing blessings of the Christian life. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God reveals that He intends His redeemed peopleâ€” those bought by the blood of Christâ€”to be the channel for His gospel to be extended to all the nations of the earth.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
– Romans 10:14-15
It is both the privilege and the duty of the Christian to send missionaries by way of generous financial gifts. In ways beyond all human understanding of logic or of math, God takes our gifts, multiplies them, uses them, and repays the giver with blessing. As a spirit of selfless generosity is a mark of a healthy Christian, so the practice of collective benevolence is indicative of a vital church. The adage, â€œShow me your wallet and Iâ€™ll show you your heart,â€ is as applicable to the church as a whole as it is to the individual.
Funds designated for world missions are called by a variety of terms, the most commonly used being Faith Promise. However, the nomenclature used is far less important than the fact that these gifts flow from the hearts of Godâ€™s people through the local congregations and denomination to the various ministries around the globe.