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Why Support Missions? (3 of 5)
Well hold onto your billfolds and purses because I am going to talk about money this morning. Have you ever heard a Baptist preacher that did not talk about money? If he didn't he probably wasn't saved. Amen?
The story is told about a man who had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. He was not allowed to have many visitors, feeling that the excitement might not be good for him. While he was in the hospital a rich uncle died and left him a million dollars. His family wondered how to break the news to him. It was decided to ask the preacher if he would go and break the news to him gently.
The preacher went and gradually led up to the question. The preacher asked the patient what he would do if he inherited a million dollars. He said, ''I think I would give half of it to the church.'' The preacher died with a heart attack!
In our text this morning, Paul commends the Philippians for their faithfulness in supporting his mission work. He praises them for their consistency and sacrifice.
Let me give you a little background of Southern Baptist work. The Cooperative Program was instituted in 1925. Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their budget through the State Convention to the Southern Baptist Convention to provide for our missionaries. Our Church gives at least 13% of our budget to mission causes, not counting what we do individually as a church.
We provide for well over five thousand missionaries who are serving in International missions. We hold the ropes while they answer God's call to go.
There are many churches that have every program in the world except a missions program. Churches can become self-centered and just support their own local needs. This is one of the dangers that face our Cooperative giving today. Cooperative Giving has declined in percentage for the last number of years.
So it begs the question, why support missions?
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