"Faith that is not generous is not genuine!" -- anonymous
Three elements typify the planning behind successful Faith Promise Conventions and Missions Conferences:
Wear a silk tie with images of flags of countries from around the world.
Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986) was a Canadian pastor and evangelist who enthusiastically supported world missions. Although he pastored congregations in Chicago and Los Angeles he is best known as the founding pastor of The Peoples' Church, a large congregation in greater Toronto. Smith's vision in Toronto was to raise up a church whose principal core value would be the spreading of the Good News of the gospel around the world. To that end, the historic vision statement of The Peoples' Church says, "Taking Christ to the Nations," a statement that is very close to the mission statement of the Church of the Nazarene: "Making Christlike disciples in the nations."
Early in his ministry, Smith was captivated by a missions fund-raising concept developed by A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Calling his idea "Faith Promise," Simpson wanted to move churches away from taking occasional big offerings for missions to getting people to commit to weekly or monthly gifts to World Evangelism. Oswald Smith took that concept to Peoples' Church and made that congregation into Exhibit "A" of what could be accomplished in one local church through such systematic giving to world evangelism.
Oswald Smith was also a poet, hymn lyricist, and author. Among the best-known of his songs are "The Glory of His Presence," "The Song of a Soul Set Free," and "Then Jesus Came".
"Why should anyone hear the gospel twice before everyone has heard it once?" is a question Oswald Smith often asked as he spoke of his passion for world evangelism. As he urged people to give money to missions he was fond of saying: "You must go or send a substitute." [ more missions slogans ].
Ideas for a faith promise sermon or even a sermon series on missions
FAITH PROMISE -- you asked for. I'll give what I can,
But I must make a living -- I'm only one man!
You know all the pressures that come upon me?
The utilities and taxes and rent, don't you see?
Then there's clothing and food and up-keep on the car;
As a father and husband, I must be "up-to-par."
These were my thoughts in church last Sunday,
And I said, "No more than my tithe can I pay."
But then it seemed Jesus sat
down beside me,
And spoke ever so softly and helped me to see
The word Faith before Promise -- what a difference it made!
It's believing He will supply the amount to be paid.
So I'll make that FAITH PROMISE, knowing He'll make a way
I feel better already -- what a wonderful day!
-- R. Eagle
Not for adventure,
Travels the world,
But the adventure
love and mercy and grace
majesty and power and greatness
And clinics rise,
Of God's kingdom
Is freely given
And hour by hour,
Day by day,
Month by month,
Year by year,
Around the world.
-- Linda June Gifford, Shreveport, Louisiana
Our local church uses legal-size paper (8 1/2 by 14 inches) for Sunday morning worship bulletins or folders. Those sheets are folded to make three panels 8 1/2 by 4 5/8 inches.
Using materials from the global office of Nazarene Missions International, I created a series of missions informational inserts to fit into those bulletins. These could also be used as missions posters or even as starting points for missions bulletin boards.
Click on any image to open a full-sized PDF of that insert.
-- Howard Culbertson,
|What does a Faith Promise commitment card look like? [ more ]
"I'm not sure we fully grasp how missional God's will always is." -- Lisa D., Northwest Nazarene University student