Imagine what could happen if your church started sending overseas those members who love and serve the church best.
When we listen well at the beginning of a partnership, we focus on serving the church rather than using them to advance our own plans.
Muslims in our country and abroad need the gospel of Christ. We need to preach it to them; we need to be their neighbors in the utmost way. This is exactly what Micah Fries and Keith Whitfield seek to show in their edited work, Islam and North America: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors.
Through yieldedness and surrender, we placed her in the Lord’s hands; it was not easy; lots of tears were shed and fervent intercession was made.
If we are talking about the gospel in such a way that doesn’t ever make people want to go, we’re doing it wrong.
Jesus Christ is the hope of all nations and from the nations he will gather his people.
We should slay the lurking thought that obedience to God should give something other than Christ.
In aiming to exemplify hospitality to orphans, pastors are given the unique opportunity of leveraging their influence to fulfill James's biblical ideal of pure and undefiled religion.
We cannot afford to have Christ on our lips without Christ in our hearts.
Missionaries feel their inadequacies daily and need reminded that the Lord they serve is omnipotent.
We must be willing to be sent if that is God’s will for us, and if not, to give our lives to sending those whom God has called to go.
In this missionary context where daily they see a lost world, the pursuit of sin and error, it is easy to forget that we who are in Christ, were once just as lost.
There is a madness in missions driven by one ultimate question: “Does it work?”
What is it really like on the mission field? What is it that a missionary actually does (or should do) on the mission field? Sometimes we have a mistaken idea of missionary life. We might think missionary families are surrounded by wild animals or are in danger from hostile tribes. This is not usually the case but… We were in language school in Kenya in preparation to go to Tanzania…
Christ’s mandate to go does not give license to recklessness any more than our culture’s disapproval gives permission to disobedience.
These young believers possessed a demonstrable commitment to personal and corporate growth in their walks with Christ.
Powerful preaching and fruitful ministry on the mission field depend on the prayers of God’s people.
We cannot sit idly by in our churches while 6,000 people groups making up over 2.9 billion people have never even heard the gospel.
For most of us, "missions" isn’t at the forefront of Christmas considerations. Perhaps it should be.
Training a new believer to do a single (very important) task is not the same thing as making a disciple.
I am a long way from having the character of our heavenly Father, but my daughter is helping me understand what it means to be drawn fully into the gospel story.
By and large, you’d be hard-pressed to find a missionary who used his last words to show regret.
Trap #1: Separating From Non-Christians Like a Pharisee
The Pharisees were a very conservative group that was extremely committed to being holy and uncorrupted by the world. They were also very critical and judgmental towards non-Christians3 because they didn’t think non- Christians were as committed to following God as they were. And they were convinced that one of the easiest ways to be polluted by the world was…
Missionaries are keenly aware of the shortness of life.
I have heard mission agencies, pastors and parents say, “We pray that our people (or students) will be changed” by going on this trip. Their goal in missions is to make us more “thankful for what we have" and to disciple the short-term missionaries. But here’s the deal folks: People around the world are not tourist attractions.
This must humble us. In many parts of the world, believers have shed their blood for the cause of Christ or suffer for their faith in ways we never will.
It is vital that senders see the immense value and importance of their role in getting the gospel across the street and around the world.
The glory of the Lord fills the earth like the water covers the sea, and I’m convinced that soon Arabs will confess with their mouths, believe in their hearts, and find salvation in our gracious King.
Paul was able to continue to minister in established fields as well as pioneer new fields largely because his missionary team continued to grow and expand.
Do you find yourself chasing after silver-bullet plans to bring people into your doors?
Short-term mission trips remind us of the beauty and granduer of the kingdom that awaits all who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Churches, train and send missionaries who are not only godly, and not just eager, but also knowledgeable