The FAITH PROMISE OFFERING is a method of missionary giving by individuals or families through their local church. A FAITH PROMISE is made to contribute a certain amount, either weekly or monthly, to the missionary fund of the local church, over and above the usual tithe, building fund, and other offerings. It is based upon faith and is given first, just as the tithe, trusting God for needs. It follows the basic biblical principle of sowing and reaping, sowing always being first. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
Consider the following principles and statements:
1. The Faith Promise Offering is not a clever gimmick of men. The principle of faith-giving, even promising to give, is set forth in 2 Corinthians 8 & 9. (CF. especially the reference to the Corinthians’ promise a year earlier — 8:10 & 9:2)
2. The Faith Promise Offering commitment is for one year. (Thus the necessity of having a yearly Faith Promise Offering)
3. The Faith Promise Offering is over and above your tithes or regular contributions to your church.
4. The Faith Promise Offering is normally not designated to any particular missionary. The church usually votes on distribution of funds.
5. The Faith Promise Offering is not a pledge. A pledge is a legal, binding agreement, such as is signed with any credit purchase.
6. The Faith Promise Offering is between the giver and the Lord. You are never asked for it. The cards are usually disposed of after the conference.
7. You should give your Faith Promise Offering just as you give your tithe — right off the top. It is the scriptural offering God has promised to bless. (Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:24)
8. The Faith Promise Offering depends not on our ability to give, but on our faith in God to provide the means to give. In 2 Corinthians 8:3 the Macedonian believers were willing to give, not only what they could afford but what they couldn’t. They had to trust the Lord for the supply of their needs.
9. The Faith Promise offering is motivated by our love for the Lord. (2 Corinthians 8:8)
10. The Faith Promise Offering is good for the believer and good for the church. (2 Corinthians 8:10 — “expedient” means good, advisable, in the interest of oneself.)
11. The Faith Promise Offering includes every member of the family. Children and young people should be taught the Biblical principles of tithes and offerings. (Matthew 6:21)
12. God not only encourages us to give, but He supplies the gifts. (2 Corinthians 9:8-10)
13. Making a promise or vow is actually encouraged in the Bible. (Psalm 76:11; 2 Corinthians 8:10; 9:2)