The Church’s Role in Evangelism

9Marks | 12.07.2010

At a conference in Dubai, Mark Dever and Mike McKinley gave five messages based on the contents of Dever's book The Gospel and Personal Evangelism.

What Is Evangelism?

9Marks | 12.07.2010

At a conference in Dubai, Mark Dever and Mike McKinley gave five messages based on the contents of Dever's book The Gospel and Personal Evangelism.

Book Review: When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Review by Steve Boyer | 9Marks Journal: Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church | 10.25.2010

If you are experienced with helping the poor, you may already be familiar with much of this book’s content. But if you’re new, then this book will be especially useful

Why Hell Is Integral to the Gospel

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality | 08.20.2010

Why is it that when people think about hell, they always conclude that God must be at fault and not themselves?

What are some common mistakes churches make in partnering with missionaries in other nations?

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They partner with missionaries who are not theologically likeminded. They partner with missionaries who are not practically likeminded. They partner with missionaries whose character they know insufficiently. They give a little money to a lot of missionaries rather than substantial support to fewer missionaries. They provide only financial support. They are too quick to cut support when there is little apparent fruit.

How can a church know when to affirm an individual’s desire to do overseas missions?

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A church should be willing to affirm an individual’s desire to do overseas missions when they are confident that the person:

Can someone be genuinely converted and contentedly live in sin?

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Generally speaking, no.

How should a biblical understanding of conversion impact our evangelism?

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How should a biblical understanding of conversion impact our evangelism? A biblical understanding of conversion should lead us to:

What are some relevant factors in thinking about a church missions budget?

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The Bible teaches that our love for the gospel is verified in part by our love for supporting gospel work beyond the sphere of our own church (see 3 John). Therefore, we should discipline ourselves to give faithfully to advance gospel work beyond our local church. With that in mind, here are a few ideas that might be worth considering.

How should churches get involved with and think about short-term mission trips?

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Churches should view short-term mission trips as an opportunity to serve workers they support. This means that churches should begin by asking whether or not the missionaries want them to come on a short-term trip. Next, churches should ask the missionaries how they can best serve them, and then be willing to do whatever they ask, even if it’s a week of childcare so that the workers can train or plan together.

Should a church equally support all church members who desire to do foreign missions?

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Churches have limited resources. This means that churches will have to make tough decisions about who to support, and how much. To help think through those tough decisions, here are some factors to consider:

What are some recommended resources on missions? And not recommended?

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 Here are three of our favorite introductions to the topic of missions:

How can foreign missionaries best serve countries that already have an established Christian church?

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Learn the local culture. The apostle Paul adapted his lifestyle to non-Jews (and Jews!) he evangelized (see 1 Cor. 9:21). This means that he paid enough attention to notice how their culture differed from his. So, rather than hopping off the airplane and beginning to correct everything, a missionary should ask questions about the worldview, presuppositions, and customs of the people to whom they are trying to minister.

What are some ways businesspeople can get into missions?

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Businesspeople can be consultants for a business project that is serving as a missions platform. Many church planters in restricted areas use business as a means of gaining and maintaining access to such countries. Businesspeople can be consultants for such projects without ever having to leave their homes. And, with the relationships and knowledge they develop through consulting, businesspeople can engage in the mission work in a variety of other, more direct ways, such as short-term trips that combine evangelism and consulting.

How should individual Christians partner with their local churches for missions?

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Become a member of a local church. Get to know the leaders of that local church. Make your desires known to those leaders. Invite them to evaluate your fitness for the work you desire to do based on your existing track record in ministry. Get to know the church’s overall vision for missions. Find out if there is any way for you to be directly involved with mission work the church is already supporting or is planning to begin.