Jerry Wayne Bernard Ministries

JWBE,inc,  PO Box 202,  Montrose,  CA  91021-0202 * USA

 Your gift is our support  

The reason to support this work should be obvious, but in case it isn't, consider this Pauline passage: "'Whoever will call on the name of the 'Lord will be saved.' How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!'" (Romans 10:13-15)

Without full-time evangelists, the lost do not hear the Word. What would the implications have been if Jesus had been forced to divide His time between teaching and carpentry if He hadn't been supported by Joanna, Susanna, and others (see Luke 8:3)? How much less effective would Paul have been if the Philippian church had not contributed to his support (Philippians 4:10-16)? There were times in Paul's ministry when he declined offerings because he saw a greater need for the funds elsewhere, but he nonetheless firmly claimed the right (see 1 Corinthians 9:12).

The Apostle John also taught the need to support full-time evangelists: "Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth" (3 John 5-8).

And the practice continued to be taught in the early church:

"But every true prophet who wants to live among you is worthy of his support. So also a true teacher is himself worthy, as the workman, of his support. Every first-fruit, therefore, of the products of wine-press and threshing-floor, of oxen and of sheep, you shall take and give to the prophets, for they are your high priests. But if you have no prophet, give it to the poor. If you make a batch of dough, take the first-fruit and give according to the commandment. So also when you open a jar of wine or of oil, take the first-fruit and give it to the prophets; and of money (silver) and clothing and every possession, take the first-fruit, as it may seem good to you, and give according to the commandment" (Didache, XIII, Roberts-Donaldson English Translation, ca. 100).