Giving - Faith Promise

Faith: We are trusting God to enable us to give more than we thought we could give, and, at the same time, meet all of our financial needs.

 

Promise: We are trusting God to supply all our needs. We are promising that we will give back to Him for His purposes. When deciding on how much to give to Faith Promise, we first must recognize that everything we have belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). As we pray over what we have, we ask God to stretch us as we trust Him with our finances.


Learn more with this video, or by reading on below! 

What is a Faith Promise?

A Faith Promise is a promise to give a financial gift for global outreach based upon faith in who God is and what He is calling us to do. It is a commitment that by God’s grace, we will give a certain amount of money that God puts on our hearts, as He makes those funds available. A Faith Promise commitment is motivated and compelled by faith, trusting that God will allow us the means to give and serve needs around the world for His glory. A Faith Promise for missions is one external expression of obedience to Christ’s command to fulfill the Great Commission to reach all nations with the gospel. Based on His promises, He uses our faithfulness to build His church worldwide.

 

Some may worry that this is a kind of pledge drive or that the participants will be receiving phone calls about the commitments made. This is a Faith PROMISE - not a pledge, and this promise is not to the church. We are promising God that if He provides the resources, we will pay them forward to support missions and missionaries as He has directed our hearts. The church will not collect names, but will collect the promised amounts, so that giving can be appropriately planned. This is, ultimately, a promise between us and God.

 

As we commit ourselves to this step of faith, it gives us new eyes to see our stewardship. Instead of sitting back and waiting, we begin to actively look for ways God will provide for us to fulfill our Faith Promise.

 

Faith Promise is also not a tithe. We believe in tithing at Cypress Church (Malachi 3:8-10). Faith Promise is a gift that is above and beyond our tithes.

What is the Biblical Foundation for Faith Promise?

In 2nd Corinthians 8-9, we see God channel His blessings from local churches to those in faraway places. Specifically, the earliest churches were sacrificing for the sake of the church in Judea. It is our desire that Faith Promise is a modern equivalent of such generosity. There are a few characteristics about the giving in 2nd Corinthians 8-9 worth noting:

 

•The gift is more than one can naturally afford (8:2-4)

•The gift is a personal commitment (8:5)

•The gift is optional, yet expresses our love for God (8:8)

•The gift is promised before it is actually given (9:5)

•The gift is a tool for blessing in our own lives (9:6)

•The gift is personally planned and purposed (9:7)

•The gift should be given cheerfully (9:7)

•The gift is provided by God (9:8)

 

This offering is also referred to in Acts 11:27-30 and 24:17; Galatians 2:10; Romans 15:23-33; and 1st Corinthians 16:1-9.

 

How do we make a Faith Promise?

Our Faith Promise commitments will be made in December. The giving will occur from January to December. We can respond with these steps:


1.Pray for what the Lord would have us do and know that what He commands, He also enables.

2.Commit ourselves to make a Faith Promise, realizing our faith will grow as we stay committed to that promise.

3.Look for the different ways God will use us to supply our Faith Promise.

 

Be faithful to give as God enables us!

How to give to Faith Promise?

At any of our campuses, use an offering envelope by indicating "Faith Promise" on it. You can also provide a check, just write ‘Faith Promise’ on the memo line.

 

You can also give to Faith Promise easily and securely on our Giving webpage. Thanks for trusting in the Lord enough to stretch your faith and give! God can do miraculous things both in you and through you!

how is our faith promise supplied?

Does a Faith Promise always come in some dramatic, unexpected manner? Do we make a Faith Promise and then just sit back and wait to see what happens? Once in a while God does surprise us with a miracle, but usually a Faith Promise does not come in a dramatic way. God’s miracle may come as we cut back in some spending area that will enable us to have more to give, or as a creative way that we can do something extra that will generate more income.

 

Based on experiences of many individuals and churches there are three general ways God uses to supply a Faith Promise:

 

1.Reordering Priorities - By applying better principles of stewardship and adjusting our priorities to reflect our desire to see the world evangelized, we can generate money for reaching the world. This means evaluating our lifestyles and finding more ways to decrease unnecessary personal expenses, therefore freeing funds for missions. For example, we may make a decision to eat out one less time per week.

 

2.Creative Ways - By creatively looking for opportunities we can provide, or supplement, our Faith Promise. For example, a teenager might make a Faith Promise and trust God to give her enough baby-sitting jobs to enable her to keep her promise. Or, someone might have a garage sale to get rid of unneeded items and generate enough extra money for their Faith Promise.

 

3. Unexpected Ways - From time to time, God will provide for our Faith Promise in miraculous, dramatic ways. For example, an overlooked pay raise is made retroactive, covering a Faith Promise made the previous month. Or a stock suddenly jumps in price before the sale and the price jump is just enough to cover the Faith Promise.

where will our faith promise funds go?

Our Faith Promise will go to fund short-term and long-term missions. Our goal is to fund our entire mission budget through Faith Promise, allowing us to meet mission needs and opportunities as they arise, independently of our regular church budget. As a church, we will continue to make sure that we meet the commitments we have made for this budget year, yet we also want to see where else God might have us step out. 


In addition, we will use these funds to help support our short-term missionaries who will be going to India, Mexico, Ecuador and more! Giving to Faith Promise is a way to help everyone going on a short-term team. Last year, Faith Promise funds enabled everyone, on every team, to go, and the funds also helped several of our missionary partners!


Learn more about what we believe about giving in general here.