The Gospel message demands that we be “All In.” We have been commanded to take the Gospel message to every corner of the globe so that every person might hear that message. However, if we – individually – have not specifically been called to go every corner of the globe to carry the Gospel message, how are we going to fulfill the command of Acts 1:8?
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
As a church, we must give to enable others to go in our place! That is exactly what the church in Antioch did!
“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
“And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
“So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
“And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God… ” Acts 13:2-5
I then began to introduce Faith Promise Missions Giving. Regardless of your level of knowledge of Faith Promise Missions Giving, we can all use the reminder and the encouragement!
The Faith Promise Method
I remind you of the fact that you will not find the term, “Faith Promise,” in the Bible. However, the Biblical principles behind “Faith Promise Giving” are! As you commit, by faith, to give for the purpose of world-wide missions, God will respond to that step of faith and give you grace to fulfill that commitment.
“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship [He took a step of faith], he walked on the water [God gave him grace to fulfill his commitment], to go to Jesus.” Matthew 14:28-29
It is because of this that you may also hear the term “Grace Giving.” Grace is “the supernatural enabling of God to do the work of God.” As we are speaking today, the “work of God” that we are referring to is the work of world-wide missions – taking the message of the Gospel to every corner of the world. As we take that step of faith in giving to world-wide missions, God will affirmatively respond to our faith enabling us – through grace – to fulfill our commitment to Him.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38
What Faith Promise is Not
“Faith Promise” is not your tithe.
As a Christian, tithing – giving 10% of your gross income is simply a matter of obedience to God.
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. ” Leviticus 27:30
I would argue that Christians who are unwilling to be obedient to God in the matter of giving their tithe are probably not going to be obedient to the commands of God as it relates to Gospel message! This is why the very first commitment on the “All In” commitment card says,
“I/ We commit to tithe 10% of my/our gross income to support the ministry of South Charlotte Baptist Church.”
Some seated here this morning need to simply pull out their check book and be obedient to God and give your tithe to God. It belongs to Him!
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
“Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:8-10
Before trying to go “All In” for world-wide missions start by being obedient to God in the matter of tithing.
“Faith Promise” is not “figuring out” what you can give.
I would call this the “Starbuck’s Method.” Some will reason in their own minds that, if they give up going to Starbucks one time a week that they will be able to give $xxxxxx to world-wide missions. That is “figuring out” what you can give; not giving by faith.
Quote: “Faith is not required to give from available resources!” – Dr. John Halsey
Whatever is not given by faith is given by flesh and that makes it dependent upon the giver, not God. An individual who gives in this manner will likely stop giving when difficulties come! In fact, just mark it down that, when you, by faith, make any type of commitment to God – whether giving to missions, or a commitment to be faithful in your church attendance, or a commitment to be faithful to read and study God’s Word – difficulties will come! And, if you simply “figured it out” then when difficulties come you are not going to be able to “figure it out” any longer and you will give up on your commitment!
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart [not in their head], so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. ” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Determine to give by faith which necessitates that you spend time with God to determine what that will be! That is why I have asked individuals not to return their “All In” commitment cards just yet.
“Faith Promise” is not being “foolish” about selecting an amount.
God desires that we live “by faith.” He does not want us to be foolish. Some people may think that, since “Faith Promise Giving” isn’t dependent upon their supplying the funds, they can simply put down a figure that is both foolish and unrealistic! You should spend time, with God, prayerfully considering what God would have you give, by faith!
The First Requirement for “Faith Promise Giving.”
Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-6.
Paul wrote 2 Corinthians to the church in Corinth, which was located in the “state” of Achaia on the southern tip of what we now know of as the country of Greece. According to 2 Corinthians 8:10-11, the Christians in Corinth had made a commitment to give a gift to the Apostle Paul but, a year later, had not followed through with that commitment.In chapter 8, Paul was using the giving of the churches in the “state” of Macedonia as an example to the church in Corinth. Two of the churches that were located in Macedonia were the churches located in Philippi and Thessalonica. You can read about how the Philippians supported Paul by reading Philippians chapter 4.
The churches in Macedonia gave to the work of the Gospel ministry.
- They were empowered to give by the grace of God! (vs. 1)
- They gave in “a great trial of affliction.” (vs. 2)
- They gave joyfully. (vs. 2)
- They gave out of their “deep poverty.” (vs. 2)
- They gave liberally. (vs. 2)
- They gave beyond their ability. (vs. 3)
- They gave willingly. (vs. 3)
- They greatly desired to have a part in Paul’s ministry. (vs. 4)
Any of those things would be cause for rejoicing. However, those were not what Paul was most excited about! The first requirement for “Faith Promise Giving” is found in vs. 5. The Philippians “…first gave their own selves to the Lord…” Before God desires your finances, He desires you.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
As you look at all of the missionaries that South Charlotte Baptist Church supports, there is one thing that I can guarantee you. Before they ever stepped foot on the mission field, there was a specific time in their life when they fully surrendered to God! They went “All In!”
The great missionary, Hudson Taylor, shared this testimony. Several months after he was saved, he spent an afternoon in his room fellowshipping with the Lord. He spent time thanking God for the wonderful gift of salvation but, also, in his words, “I besought Him to give me some work to do for Him…” He went on to say, “Well do I remember, as in unreserved consecration I put myself, my life, my friends, my all, upon the altar, the deep [gravity] that came over my soul with the assurance that my offering was accepted…For what service I was accepted I knew not; but a deep consciousness that I was no longer my own took possession of me, which has never been [erased].”
Judson Van DeVenter was an art teacher in the public schools of Sharon, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the 19th century. He was also an accomplished musician, singer, and composer and a Christian who was active in his local church. For several years, Judson struggled between seeking recognition as an artist or devoting himself fully to the Gospel ministry. He wrote…
“For some time, I had struggled between developing my talents in the field of art and going into full-time evangelistic work. At last the pivotal hour of my life came, and I surrendered all. A new day was ushered into my life. I became an evangelist and discovered down deep in my soul a talent hitherto unknown to me. God had hidden a song in my heart, and touching a tender chord, He caused me to sing.”
He went on to write…
All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.
This morning, do you need to go “All In” and fully surrender to the Lord?
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