J. D. Payne wrote of Roland Allen; “I often hear of how Allen has influenced people’s thinking and actions regarding missions in the twenty-first century…even though Allen sleeps, he still speaks, but this time people are listening” (Payne 2012: 242-43).
We heartily agree that Roland Allen had a biblical view of missions that is critically needed in our day. Below is a quote from one of his books, Missionary Methods – St. Paul’s or Ours? 1962, page 48. If you have not read any of his books, go to our “Training Resources” page and download two of his best books on the subject of missions or click on the picture above.
“Every day we see how it is not the possession of great powers but rather the spirit in which any power is used which attracts, which moves, which converts…We have powers enough whereby to let the Spirit shine forth. We have powers sufficient to gather hearers, we have powers sufficient to demonstrate the Divine Presence of the Spirit of God with us; we have powers sufficient to assure inquirers of the superiority of Christianity to all heathen religions; we have powers sufficient to illustrate in action the character of our religion, its salvation and its love, if only we will use our power to reveal the Spirit!” (Italics mine).
Let us make sure we are living the revealed mystery, the pure gospel, in the power of the Spirit!
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