MISSIONS: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LOCAL CHURCH?
Too often, mission work supported by Western churches is obsessed with numbers, over-awed by the supernatural, and over-eager for contextualization.
Missionaries who labor in reached parts of Africa are today faced with a society that has been inoculated against the gospel. So what do we do about it?
When you send missionaries and when you partner with others to do so, you are exporting a doctrine of the church. Unfortunately, far too often we are exporting a bad and unbiblical one.
The workers are few, and the harvest is great. But that does not mean just any and all workers will do.
Modern technology and transportation makes direct engagement overseas so much easier. But just as important as deciding what to do is deciding what not to do.
MISSIONS: HELPING CHURCHES FIND THEIR WAY
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.
Too often, a grotesque competitiveness marks evangelical churches. But a Great Commission church does not compete with other gospel-preaching churches.
2.8 billion people have little to no access to the gospel. What can we do about it, starting tomorrow?
Sending your best people means new and healthy churches will be planted, and your congregation will mature.
A primarily individualistic application of the Great Commission is more a product of our Western culture than from God’s Word.
We have a Great Commission Bible and serve a Great Commission Savior, who came into the world to seek and save the lost.
MISSIONS AND THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN
Your ordinary vocational gifts and talents might be a treasure to a congregation in Malaysia or London or Istanbul or Dubai.
The missionary “calling” is not about us going so much as it is about us following in the bright wake of our risen King.
Is every Christian a “missionary”? It turns out this is not an easy question to answer.
Over the last few years, a lot has changed at the IMB. 9Marks sat down with Sebastian Traeger to talk about it.
Here is a collection of several brief book reviews on the Christian church in China through the centuries.
Jason Georges, The 3-D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Culture. 3D Gospel, 2014, 82 pages. $8.99. I am a pastor who grew up in an honor-shame culture, so the … keep reading…
With Defending Substitution, Simon Gathercole has given us a compelling, rich, and lucid presentation of substitution in 1 Corinthians 15 and Romans 5.