WHAT IS IT?
Faith Promise is how we at Village Seven provide support for our missionaries, by giving in addition to our support of the church. Faith Promise is my faith reaching to God that His salvation might reach the world, and my trusting God to enable me to give more than I thought I could give. At the same time, God will meet all my needs because He has promised to do so.
WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR IT?
2 Corinthians 8–9; 1 Chronicles 29:14,16; Luke 6:38; Malachi 3:10; Psalm 37:5; 2 Chronicles 9:6
WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?
Faith Promise requires a commitment. I commit myself to a specific amount of money, and, by faith based on God’s promises, expect Him to enable me to do it. This helps me to reprogram my whole life's priority system so that I begin actively looking for God’s provision.
WHO IS CALLED TO PARTICIPATE?
God’s Word instructs all believers to go and reach. If you have never made a Faith Promise, let us encourage you to do so this year. We would like to see every member of Village Seven Presbyterian Church make a Faith Promise of at least $50.00, $1.00 per week this coming year. It will change your life!
HOW IS A FAITH PROMISE SUPPLIED?
There are three general ways God uses to supply a faith promise.
1. Unexpected Provision: From time to time God does provide for a faith promise in a miraculous, dramatic way. A tax refund is larger than expected or the IRS sends a check to settle the estate of a father who died eleven years before. An overlooked pay raise is made retroactive, covering a faith promise made the month before.
2. Reordering Our Priorities: By applying better principles of stewardship, managing what we already have, and adjusting our priorities to reflect our desire to see the world evangelized, we can generate money. This would include living more simply to cut expenses to be able to give more; evaluate your lifestyle to consider ways you can decrease your unnecessary personal expenses. A man determines he really doesn't need a new car this year and frees money he would have used for car payments. A teenager determines to purchase half as many CD's as he normally would, freeing up money. A coffee drinker gives up a Starbucks a week.
3. Generating Creative Income: Finding unique ways to raise money to give to Faith Promise. A housewife trusts God to bring in enough orders of a special French pastry she bakes. A family has a garage sale to eliminate unneeded items around the house, which generates extra money.
HOW DO I MAKE A FAITH PROMISE?
Pray – for what the Lord would have me do, knowing that what He commands He also enables.
Commit – myself to make a faith promise, realizing that my faith will grow as I stay committed to that promise.
Look – for the different ways God will use me to give my faith promise.
Give – faithfully as God enables me.
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