Here is a sermon by
Sinclair Ferguson, pastor at First
Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC. The sermon is on the role of a missionary-sending
church's partnership in the gospel from Philippians 4:10-20. (It's
interesting that Philippi was not even Paul's initial "sending
church"). His exposition is quite helpful and very
Ferguson outlines a few
principles from this passage that should instruct the partnership of churches
with their missionaries:
- The church has a genuine care for the missionaries.
- The church longs to find avenues by which that care
might blossom in practical ways.
- The church wants to be generous and honoring to the
- Not only does the church send their gospel-driven
missionaries, they also send their very best ministers to care for the
missionaries when times are tough.
- The NT practice of fellowship is not based on affinity,
interests, or just hanging out. The NT word for "fellowship"
(koinonia) is chiefly used for partnership with a purpose. In other
words, true biblical fellowship comes from caring for one another in the
context of partnership for a mission.