As to those who have gone forth to “regions beyond,” the exhortation in 2 Cor. 10:15, 16, is significant in the matter of practical fellowship in this respect. With what delicate suggestiveness the Apostle says, “having hope that, as your faith groweth we shall be magnified in you. . . so as to preach the gospel even unto the parts beyond you” I Their faith was to find its increase in practical cooperation in the furtherance of the gospel.
Were they to be content with having received its benefits themselves? What about the people lying in darkness beyond them? The object of the appeal was not personal support; nor was it made merely for the sake of evangelism; it did, however, bring home the responsibility of an assembly regarding material assistance in gospel work in other regions, and it remains on record as a message to all assemblies.
There can be no more suitable time for the offering collectively to be made than at the gathering for the Lord’s Supper; for the material offering is associated with the worship and praise which characterize the occasion. Yet the fact remains that, according to I Cor. 16:2, the money then brought together is but the united application of what has already been set aside for the Lord at home.