Imagine what could happen if your church started sending overseas those members who love and serve the church best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.