We’ve heard these definitions of the church’s mission before. But have we seen where they’re from, where they lead, and what theology drives them?
To put it another way, the local church itself is the best and biblically-prescribed “evangelism program.”
Throughout the Bible and the history of the church, God has used the witness of the church to draw people to himself.
When have you seen acts of hospitality commend the gospel to outsiders?
Which “evangelism courses” are the best to use with non-Christians?
Certainly no church is perfect. But, praise God, many imperfect churches are healthy.
But how should churches and missionaries decide whom to partner with?
Can missionaries traveling to a country that’s hostile to Christianity and the Great Commission lie about their reasons for coming?
In Zambia, the only free television channel that we have twenty-four hours a day is Trinity Broadcasting Network.
The institutionalized structure of denominations at least lessens the biblical responsibility of a local church to equip ministers of reconciliation with the message of reconciliation.
What’s required for salvation isn’t walking an aisle. It’s repentance from sin and belief in Jesus Christ.
For that reason, even before asking whether your family should stay or go, it may be worth asking whether or not you have a Kingdom perspective at all.
Get these resources for your pastoral toolbox and use them with your church.
Pastor, God has called you to more than just the people in your church. He wants to mobilize you and your people to reach another people.
For a mature Christian who is thinking through these issues, Conn’s discussion will spark thoughts and will at least begin to chart a course in the right direction.