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The Debt Principle – Bill Schweitzer (MTW Church Planter)

April 15, 2009

Wanted to take an opportunity and introduce you to Bill Schweitzer, a MTW Church Planter in England. He spoke during yesterday’s “Introduce Yourself and Your Ministry” time but wanted to offer just one more thing that he did not get to share.

The Debt Principle

One always thinks of things one should have said after it’s too late to say them. One of the things I wish I had said during my brief report concerns the “debt principle” from Romans 15:25-27:

“But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.”

Notice that Paul does not say to the Macedonians and Acacians, “Wow, that was very generous of you; thank for helping the Jerusalem church.” No, he says, they received the gospel from Jerusalem and therefore are their debtors; it was their duty to send Jerusalem resources when they were in need.

Brothers, let me ask you, from where did we as American receive the gospel? I am so thankful that we have huge MTW teams in Bulgaria and Japan and Mexico and other places, and we should praise God for their work. But there is a nation out there that we are indebted to, a nation that is now in great spiritual need. It is worth asking whether we are living up to our duty towards them.

Bill Schweitzer
MTW Church Planter
Gateshead England

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