Faith Promise @ Lifepoint
Thank you for your interest in learning more about Faith Promise @ Lifepoint!
If you have been in the Church of the Nazarene, you may have heard of the term “faith promise” before. Perhaps you may have even participated in making a faith promise. What’s a faith promise? Simply put, it’s a promise made between you and God on what you’re committing to give to God through the church this year. It’s saying, God, I recognize that every blessing comes from you, so I am choosing to give back to you as an act of worship.
Recently, I preached a series on the practice of tithing. If you missed it, it’s available to watch here. My hope as your pastor is that as followers of Jesus, giving becomes a part of the rhythm of our lives. God calls us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. The giving of our tithes and offering is definitely a tangible way of showing our love for God and our neighbors.
At our Annual Celebration this year, Bob Kollars, our Finance Chair, reported that our annual giving went up last year, despite the financial challenge that the pandemic has brought to our nation and the world (watch Bob’s report here). We are so grateful for the generosity of those of you who give regularly and sacrificially. We are also encouraged to see others who are taking the step to begin giving. Here at Lifepoint, your faithful giving makes possible ministries like: worship services, programs for children and teens, lifegroups, congregational care, outreach events, community service, global missions work, and building and operational needs at Lifepoint. Your generous giving helps us accomplish our mission to make Christlike disciples in Kitsap County and around the world.
This year, I want to invite you to make a faith promise. If you are part of our congregation, would you prayerfully consider making a faith promise this year, to God through our church? What does this look like? You could commit to continue your faithful tithing or potentially re-evaluate your giving, or even make a commitment to take a first step towards tithing. Here at Lifepoint, we hope that all our members celebrate worship through giving in addition to many other acts of worship, and we are blessed that so many of you do. The church will not check whether you are following through with your commitment, like I said earlier, the commitment you are making is between you and God. We will however take your faith promise amounts and use it to plan more effectively for our ministries this year.
We are excited to have people in our congregation who consider Lifepoint their church and have already committed to giving regularly. If you are not a member but you consider Lifepoint your home church and you would like to join in making a financial commitment to God to support Lifepoint’s ministries, you too can make a faith promise.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Sherwin Rulloda