Faith Promise requires a commitment between God and oneself.
It requires one to commit to giving a specific amount of money and by faith, based on God’s promises, expect Him to enable one to do it. As a result, one gains new eyes and begins to see stewardship in a totally different way– instead of sitting back waiting, beginning to actively look for ways in which God will provide in order to fulfill the Faith Promise.
A Faith Promise for the evangelization of the world becomes an expression of obedience to Christ’s command. He uses faithfulness based on His promise to build His church worldwide.
JOHN BAKER’S FAITH PROMISE TESTIMONY
God gave me a particular number and I put it down. I put it on the card, tore it off, and turned in the part for that, and kept the other part where I could see it every day where I put my keys and my wallet. As God provided extra money that wasn’t budgeted for something else, I gave that to missions, and I kept track of it on the back of my card.
God gave me a number that was just what I thought I was supposed to do for the year. Well, God gave me that money in 4 months. So, I was able, as I looked at that card every day and would get a few bucks together, to put it in an envelope I kept in my drawer. And as I got enough, I’d write a check and put it in the offering marked Faith Promise on the memo line. It was an adventure to me.
So it’s more than it’s just we need an idea of budgets. That’s really not the main reason. The main reason is to say, “God what do you want me to do for the world this year.” And, it’s an adventure. You end up getting a refund for something or they cut your phone bill or you find some money you forgot about or you get a side job and you have some extra money. God works through Faith Promise in some amazing ways!
"Budgets don’t get me that excited, but I want to challenge you because it does excite me to think about how many people at GCC can be a part of what’s going on around the world."
~ John Baker