What it IS, and what it is NOT!
â€¢ It is not a pledge.
It is a holy commitment to God (2 Cor 9:7). No one will check to see if you have paid, or send you a bill. It is between you and God in response to His leading. Simply because of your faith, someone will go and give the gospel freely (2 Cor 11:7,8).
â€¢ It is not a gimmick.
It is a Biblical lifestyle which allows you to see God’s hand in your personal life (2 Cor 9:6; Gal 2:20; Acts 20:35) as He provides the funds for the preaching of the Gospel around the world through you (1 Tim 5:17,18).
â€¢ It is not easy.
It is an act of faith (Heb 11:1,6) in response to Godâ€™s call to send out hard-working labourers into His harvest (Luke 10:2).
â€¢ It is not a cash offering given from PRESENT resources.
It is a commitment of what you can trust God to provide through you on a regular basis (2 Cor 8:1-4) – giving â€œbeyond your powerâ€.
â€¢ It is not a part of your regular tithes and offerings (Prov 3:9,10).
It is an offering given above your regular tithes to meet the needs of somebody outside of your church (Philp 4:16,17). It is only to supply the needs of missionaries and mission-projects (2 Cor 11:8,9)!
â€¢ It is not for greedy people.
It allows God to bring in unexpected income to be used for Missions, and not for personal use (1 Sam 1:9-11; Luke 6:38).
â€¢ It is not depressing.
It is part of our worship, which always involves giving, and giving always involves sacrifice, and true sacrifice always results in joy (Ps 107:22).
â€¢ It is not haphazard.
It is a planned and regular function of Christians to faithfully support those who go to the uttermost parts of the earth for souls (Act 15:3; 1 Cor 4:2; 16:1,2).
â€¢ It is not because of the need of the world.
It is because of our love for Christ (John 20:21)! We give, soul-win, pray, and go, not because we love people, but because we love Him (John 14:15).