Our noblest function

The GP site and effort have been neglected of late. I hope we can continue to encourage one another in the mission of God here, and explore avenues of cooperation.

Over on the Biblical Notes ezine, I explored a few weeks ago what is “Man’s noblest function,” taking my cue from a jornalist’s quote. I pray you’ll find it thought-provoking as we consider the nature of our earthly task.

I take advantage of the moment to say, once again, to those who perhaps have not yet heard, that an email scam is circulating in my name asking for funds for a British evangelist. It did not originate from me, in spite of the use of personal information.

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10 guiding principles

For a men’s meeting of the Taubate church, I prepared these principles that have guided our efforts in that city, as elsewhere, since several new people have moved in recently. Many of these principles have been illustrated by texts from 2 Corinthians. Below is a translation, with a few adaptations, of the 10.

#1. SIMPLICITY. Remember the phrase, “Why complicate, if you can simplify”? We started meeting in Taubate in a house. We work with tools that everyone can use. We have a single, simple mission: to share the word of God about Jesus, in order that people may be saved.

#2. FLEXIBILITY. Simplicity offers us flexibility in the work. Paul changed his plans to visit the Corinthians because it was not the right moment. (Read 2 Cor 1:12-24.) We can change dates, plans, locations, everything about the way we conduct the work (as long as we obey the Lord’s commandments), for greater effectiveness. Continue reading

Principles to work by

This from today’s issue of Don Petty’s weekly email to his 70 gents, with his blanket permission:

This is my very brief summary of Philip Slate’s paper.
Contact Brother Slate for the details of his entire paper. Don Petty

Myanmar Interest group
by Philip Slate

1.  DO ALL YOU CAN TO INTERACT WITH THE LOCAL CULTURE ON ITS OWN TERMS, just as Paul did when he approached first Jews in the synagogue and then Gentiles.  Check out the respective sermons to Jews and Gentiles recorded in Acts and notice the differences.

2.  THINK CHURCH.  The development of works that will last, depends heavily upon the welding of converts into meaningful local assemblies.

3.  BE CAREFUL ABOUT IMPORTING “FOREIGN” WAYS AND MEANS.  The ways of doing God’s work and “doing church” in our experience “back home” may not be appropriate in another culture.

4.  STRIVE TO BE UNITED, STRENGTHENING AND PRAYING FOR EACH OTHER.  We are engaged in Christ’s cause, not ours.

5.  SHARE VALUABLE LITERATURE WITH EACH OTHER.  Whenever you come across a valuable article on work anywhere in Asia, share it with others who work there.  You might bless someone with very valuable insight.

Brotherly, C. Philip Slate
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