Faith Promise Giving Is Biblical

Faith Promise Giving is Biblical

Pastor Don Carpenter

Giving 101 / 2 Corinthians 9:1–8

Matthew 9:28–29 KJV

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 

Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

2 Corinthians 9:6–7 KJV

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

When we let go of money, we are letting go of part of ourselves and part of our security. But this is precisely why it is important to do it. It is one way to obey Jesus’ command to deny ourselves.… When we give money, we are releasing a little more of our egocentric selves and a little more of our false security.… Giving frees us to care. It produces an air of expectancy as we anticipate what God will lead us to give. It makes life with God an adventure in the world, and that is worth living for and giving for.

Richard J. Foster, quoted in “Reflections,” Christianity Today (6-12-00)

You have heard the term “Faith Promise Missions” from time to time. This evening we are going to explain exactly what we mean by that, where we get it in the Bible, and why giving sacrificially to Faith Promise will help to protect and increase your financial ability to serve God. The blind came to Jesus and He told them that the blessings that they would receive would be in direct proportion to their faith in Him. I believe that this same principle applies to our finances. God blesses us according to our faith, this is the premise of faith promise giving.

Faith Promise Giving is not Tithing

A. Tithing was done before the Law and commanded by Jesus, therefore it was not done away with after Calvary.

Genesis 14:20

Genesis 28:21-22

Matthew 23:23

B. Specific directions and promises correspond with tithing.

Malachi 3:8–11 KJV

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. 

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, And he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

1. A Tithe is 10%

2. To withhold a tithe is to rob God.

3. To withhold a tithe is to bring a curse on your finances.

4. To obey God and give tithes brings God’s blessings.

5. Tithes Go into God’s house.

6. Offerings are something given that is different than tithes.

7. The Church is God’s house this side of Calvary.

1 Timothy 3:15 KJV

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Faith Promise Giving Supports works Outside the Local Church.

The Church of Macedonia gave in spite of their poverty to support Paul and the other missionaries with him.

2 Corinthians 8:1–4 KJV

Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 

How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 

For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 

Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

1. They were very poor

2. They were sacrificially giving to mission support.

3. Their gift was a way to join in fellowship with the missionaries.

Paul uses the Church of Macedonia to encourage the Corinthian church to continue the same practice.

2 Corinthians 9:1–5 KJV

For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 

For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 

Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: 

Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. 

Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

1. Paul is encouraged by the openness to missionary giving.

2. Compliance by the Corinthian Church had a direct effect on their testimony in the region.

Faith Promise Giving taps directly into the Promises of God.

You reap as you sow

2 Corinthians 9:6 KJV

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Philippians 4:15–17 KJV

Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 

For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Matthew 9:29 KJV

Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

This giving is not tithing because the individual determines the amount that you give.

 2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)

 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

*** This is the very act of faith promise giving***

***Have you purposed to give above the tithe?***

***Should you adjust that faith promise now?***

God will increase His grace toward those that need it.

2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Eternal souls are impacted by your faith or lack of it.

Romans 10:13–17 KJV

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

1. To call upon the Lord, one must believe.

2. To believe, one must hear.

3. To hear, there must be a preacher.

4. To have a preacher, he must be sent.

5. Some missionaries will be hindered if we fail to meet our financial commitments.

6. There are many more mission fields that are waiting for preachers.

7. We need to send more missionaries, not just maintain the ones we have.

8. What are you willing to do regarding this need?

9. God will directly bless you according to your faith.

Leadership Magazine carried a story about four young men, Bible College students, who were renting a house together. One Saturday morning someone knocked on their door. And when they opened it, there stood this bedraggled-looking old man. His eyes were kind of marble-ized, and he had a silvery stub of whiskers on his face. His clothes were ragged and torn. His shoes didn’t match. In fact, they were both for the same foot. And he carried a wicker basket full of unappealing vegetables that he was trying to sell.

The boys felt sorry for him and bought some of his vegetables just to help him out. Then he went on his way. But from that time on, every Saturday he appeared at their door with his basket of vegetables. As the boys got to know him a little bit better, they began inviting him in to visit a while before continuing on his rounds.

They soon discovered that his eyes looked marble-ized not because of drugs or alcohol, but because of cataracts. They learned that he lived just down the street in an old shack. They also found out that he could play the harmonica, that he loved to play Christian hymns, and that he really loved God. So every Saturday they would invite him in, and he would play his harmonica and they would sing Christian hymns together.

They became good friends, and the boys began trying to figure out ways to help him. They finally collected a bunch of clothes and secretly left it all on his doorstep, no note attached or anything. The following Saturday morning, the story says, right in the middle of all their singing and praising, he suddenly said to them, “God is so good!” And they all agreed, “Yes, God is so good.”

He went on, “You know why he is so good?” They said, “Why?”

He said, “Because yesterday, when I got up and opened my door, there were boxes full of clothes and shoes and coats and gloves. Yes, God is so good!” And the boys smiled at each other and chimed in, “Yes, God is so good.”

He went on, “You know why He is so good?” They answered, “You already told us why. What more?” He said, “Because I found a family who could use those things and I gave them all away.”

2 Corinthians 9:6–7 KJV

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

By faith, what are you willing to promise to give above the tithe to meet the tremendous needs on the mission field?  

 Matthew 9:29 (KJV)

 …According to your faith be it unto you.

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