Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Bayne: sending missionaries

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
    Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
    —Philippians 4:17-18 (NIV)
    As long as I live, I will never appeal for money for the mission of God in this world. This is a degradation of God and of ourselves, which has pauperized us in every way over the centuries. God has no need, and if the mission is God’s, then we do not ask for help to give God a boost; therefore we do not appeal for funds. We allow people to take a share in God’s work, and this is a very different thing.
    ... Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. (1908-1974), Comments on “Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 130 (see the book)
    See also Luke 10:2-7; Acts 4:33-37; 13:2-3; 2 Cor. 7-9; 8:1-2; 9:10-13; 11:9; Phil. 4:11-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make us good stewards towards the Gospel.
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