Saturday, March 03, 2018

Driver: deeper basis for unity

Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
    —Acts 8:4 (NIV)
    The Christian cell in a factory or a professional circle, funding its own activities, deciding its own pattern of work, studying the Bible and perhaps celebrating the Lord’s supper as an entity on its own, comes very much closer to Independency as Robert Browne saw it than the unholy isolationism of a prosperous suburban church, with 200 members who scarcely know each other by sight. If a sizable proportion of the Free Church ministry were enabled to become itinerant once again—not necessarily itinerant in the geographical sense, but itinerant in the complex mazes of contemporary society, fathers in God to Christian organisms evolved by the lay men and women who spend their lives in these mazes—new heart would be put into both ministry and laity, and incidentally, new impetus given to the search for Christian unity.
    ... Christopher Driver (1932-1997), A Future for the Free Churches?, London: SCM Press, 1962, p. 118 (see the book)
    See also Acts 8:4; Matt. 5:13; 10:23; 18:20; Acts 11:19; 14:5-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the people You have saved are salted throughout the world.
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