“Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from, Macedonia no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.”
Philippians 4:15-17 KJV
Paul the Apostle was truly a New Testament Missionary. As an evangelist, he was the first to carry the gospel into un-reached regions of “…the field…” (Matthew 13:38 KJV) of the world, as commissioned by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
The people in churches such as in Philippi and Macedonia were the first New Testament Christians to have the right heart concerning giving monetary support to missionaries like the Apostle Paul.
The faithful folks at Philippi “…sent once and again…” to supply Paul with the necessary money he needed to survive while a new church was being established directly by his efforts. This is the proof in Scripture of the practice of what has come to be called “Faith Promise” missions giving.
A New Testament Baptist Church must be helping to win lost souls “…both…” in their home part of “…the field..,” and in other places at the same time. This is accomplished by a Scriptural Missions Program.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 KJV