Sunday, July 29, 2018

Martin: missionary principles

Sunday, July 29, 2018
    Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord
    And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
    —1 John 4:14-15 (NIV)
    The breadth and depth of [William] Carey’s missionary service [in India] is well illustrated in the principles laid down for themselves by the Serampore Brotherhood to be read three times a year in each station in their charge. Here is a summary:
    1. To set an infinite value on men’s souls.
    2. To abstain from whatever deepens India’s prejudice against the Gospel.
    3. To watch for every chance of doing the people good.
    4. To preach Christ crucified as the grand means of conversions.
    5. To esteem and treat Indians always as equals.
    6. To be instant in the nurture of personal religion.
    7. To cultivate the spiritual gifts of the Indian brethren, ever pressing upon them their missionary obligation, since only Indians can win India for Christ.
    ... Hugh Martin (1890-1964), Great Christian Books, London: S.C.M. Press Ltd., 1945, Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1946, p. 101-102 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 4:14-15; Matt. 10:32; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9; 14:21; 1 Cor. 8:13; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 1 John 4:2; 5:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, open my eyes to the opportunities for ministry You place before me.
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