In order to preserve the vibrant missionary zeal of men like William Carey, it’s critical we view definite atonement not only as true but essential, forming the biblical basis of mission itself.
The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”
Packer’s book offers a concise and compelling argument unpacking how evangelism and the sovereignty of God co-exist, and if properly understood, enhance one another.
Book Review: By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life, by Thomas J. NettlesReview by Adam Triplett | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
This work can help pastors and members alike better understand how the doctrines of grace undergird and fuel passionate evangelism and missionary endeavors.
There’s a lot that the church in Africa can learn from our brethren in the West—and vice versa.
Rather than aiming to “finish” the missionary task, let’s unite under the more modest banner of simply being faithful to the task.
Churches shouldn’t farm out personal evangelism to pastors, professionals, or programs. Instead, the goal for every church ought to be a culture of evangelism.
Future hope fuels present faithfulness—both in pastoral ministry and on the mission field.
We’ve gone mad trying to unlock what everyone since the days of the apostles hasn’t discovered yet: the perfect formula for explosive, exponential kingdom growth.
What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”
What is the mission of the church? Is it to preach the gospel and make disciples—or is that too narrow?
— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?
It’s well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core doctrines regarding salvation and worship. Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?
Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:6 that loving others involves exercising discernment. And sometimes discernment results in prayerful silence.
In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.