J. Mack Stiles
We asked pastors around the world this question: “How have you encouraged Christians experiencing significant persecution with the hope of heaven?”
How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus Evangelism is more than a program. In Evangelism, author J. Mack Stiles casts a biblical picture where evangelism is simply part of the culture. Leaders share their faith consistently and openly. Members follow, encouraging one another to make evangelism an ongoing way of life. No program here.
Let me give you four reasons why it’s worth it to preach through 1 Corinthians.
When Mack Stiles became the pastor of a church in Iraq, he decided to preach through the entire book of 1 Corinthians. Here, he explains the value of expositional preaching in an international context.
Does expositional preaching work in a non-literate culture? It not only works, says Mack Stiles, it’s critical in such a culture.
What piece of advice would Mack Stiles, a pastor in the Middle East, give to missionaries?
Pastoral burnout happens when we think we can build a church ourselves, when we’re trusting ourselves and not the Lord.
How can pastors cultivate the discipline of personal evangelism?
In missions today, some people’s attempts to contextualize the gospel have had horrible effects.
Three problems facing missions today: —a misunderstanding of the gospel —a misunderstanding of the church —a misunderstanding of the “call”
The problem with evangelistic programs is that they often make you feel like you’ve done evangelism—when you actually haven’t.
If evangelism is to be woven into the fabric of the life of a new church plant and its pastor, it takes some thought and planning.
Through the faithfulness of Christian doctors a generation ago, God gave churches favor in the eyes of the rulers of a nation in the heart of the Middle East. Through the recovery of one church, now many healthy churches are springing up in this desert country.
The best thing you can do for missionaries is to make sure you keep your church healthy. They can’t do the work there if churches are unhealthy here.