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The First Foreign Missionary.

The First Foreign Missionary.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Phil. 1:3-11.

1 THANK my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every
prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your
fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being con-
fident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Even as it is meet for
me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch
as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel,
ye are all partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly
I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray,
that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all
judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may
be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with
the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory^
and praise of God.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Phil. 1:3-11.

1 THANK my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every
prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your
fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being con-
fident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Even as it is meet for
me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch
as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel,
ye are all partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly
I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray,
that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all
judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may
be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with
the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory^
and praise of God.

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The First Foreign Missionary. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M Phil. 1:3-11. 1 THAK my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being con- fident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye are all partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all  judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory^ and praise of God. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ: It is hard for us in this civilized land of Christian churches to realize how Asia could send a foreign mis- sionary to Europe, and yet there was a day when Europe was all heathen; there was a day when only the aborigines were in this land ; there was a day when Saul, now called Paul, saw in the night a vision of a man standing before him saying. Come over into Macedonia and help us; and he immediately recognized the fact that it was his duty to leave Asia and go to Europe as a foreign missionary. The first churcli that he established on European soil was in the city of Philippi, and the letter which I have se-
 
lected my text from was a letter to that first foreign mis- TWETY-SECOD SUDAY AFTER TRIITY. 765 sion church in the world. 1 call your attention tonight to this first foreign mission, because I find it the church which Paul loved above all other churches. It was what we ministers call our first love, as far as congregations are concerned. There Avas something about that church at Philippi that appealed to Paul's big heart. It was the first church that he established according to his own notion of a real Christian church. He was now away from the thralldom of the Holy Land; he was away from the prejudices of false notions about true religion, among a set of heathen, where he could establish the church as he knew it should be. Tliere is something grand and noble in the little missions which we have established ourselves, which we have built up according to our idea of a Chris- tian congregation. When we step into an old congrega- tion we always find a great many old notions that people are bound to cling to just because they are old notions, and there is no other reason for it; but when we estab- lish a church of our own, on the Rock of Ages, the people are willing to accept whatever appears as truth and is excellent, and the consequence in this case was that the apostle Paul established a church which appealed to him and he appealed to it as long as he lived. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." In these few words you find the apostle PauPs great heart resting upon that foreign mis- sion, and may we this evening, as we sit here in this great house of God, learn from that first foreign missionary what an ideal church should be.
 
THE FIRST FOREIG MISSIOARY. We find what the ideal church should be by knowing I. Its creed. II. Its cost. I. What was the creed of the first foreign mission 766 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. church in Europe? It is not hard to tell what the creed was. Paul says : "Always in every pra^^er of mine for you all making request Avith joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now." Fellowship in the Gospel. What is the Gospel? The Gospel is the glad tidings that Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners and through faith to make us forever blessed. The apostle Paul believed in the Apostles' Creed. He believed in mak- ing diligent use of the means of grace, for remember, where the Gospel is preached, tliere we must find the means of grace. How did Paul go to Europe to establish the church? He went there with the Word of God; he went there with tlie sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper; and these are the means of grace which brought to that dark and perishing world the everlasting Gospel in wliich they had fellowship with each other. 1. It is not hard to see that the apostle Paul laid great stress upon Holy Baptism. If you will read the sixteenth chapter of Acts where he founded this church at Philippi, you will soon understand what I am sajdng. When he came to that city he found a very cold reception, until he happened to hear that down along a certain stream on a Sabbath day there were a few women who were trying the best they knew Iioav to worship God. It is true those women had no correct conception of the Triune God; they knew nothing, or very little, about the

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