THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSIONS-PART FIVE. The general believe is that, mission which is the preaching of the gospel to those that have not heard it sufficiently enough to make a decision to follow Christ, or those among whom there is no viable or a strong church, is often considered as a ministry that every local church should be involved in doing. Far beyond this perception, mission is the overall life of the church because that is the major reason why the church exists. There can’t be church if there is no mission and there will be no mission without the church. The early church was doing mission everywhere, every time and to every people in every circumstance. (more…)
THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSION-PART 4 Please, permit me to use the unusual approach as we look at part three of our main theme, ‘The Local Church and Global Mission’. I am sharing with you a meditation by Mary Schotte that I received from a friend couple of weeks ago, on ‘finding rest in God’. It is taken from a blog site called tendingscatteredwool.com (more…)
THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSION PART-THREE. You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition (1 Thessalonians 2:1-2).
Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians believers is one of the letters that reveals the constant struggles and sufferings that Paul and his team went through at the cause of preaching the gospel. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of how much they suffered in Macedonia, especially in Thessalonica and Philippi before the gospel could thrive in that region. This shows that, it is not abnormal that, apart from prayer and hard labour, missionaries often go through some sufferings before achieving the desired and remarkable breakthrough among the unreached people to whom they preach the gospel to. (more…)
THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSION-PART ONE.Apart from the inability to see the advancing of God’s Kingdom beyond a small scope or the four walls of the church, the global economy and the socio-political atmosphere of the world is a big threat to the local church’s involvement in global mission. It is becoming increasingly difficult and challenging to get Local Churches actively involved in mission. The churches that were once taking the lead in the mission mandate are placing their priority on something else, and those that want to embrace the call are hindered by different kinds of challenges and distractions. If there is a time that deliberates efforts need to be made to challenge and awaken the church to her responsibility in advancing God’s kingdom through mission, it is now. Mission cannot advance except the ecclesiological institution in the grass root, which is the local church, acknowledges her role and plays it. The local church must awake to her responsibility in mission. (more…)
THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSION-PART TWO. Every local church can be likened to the vision of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37 – The valley of dry bones. God moved supernaturally upon the dry bones to bring them together into a body that became a mighty army. The bones could not do it on their own.
The Lord Jesus Christ did the first gathering of 120 “Dry Bones” at Jerusalem and on the Pentecost day, He turned that local dry bones into a local church and a mighty army for global missions.
The Lord Himself gathers the dry bones, raises them into a local church and a mighty army and sends them forth with the command to “GO”, for global missions in the power of the Holy Spirit. The problem has been that the “GO” command is perverted to “STAY”and build up empire etc. (more…)
SHINNING THE LIGHT IN DARK PLACES THROUGH MISSION-PART 5. “…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
A missionary entered a community where there was no potable water for the people. He made efforts with members of his team to provide potable water not just for the Mission Base but also for the people in the community who were in dire need. As evangelism work progressed in that community, it came to a stage that they needed to organise a church for the disciples. Initially, there was a resistance by the community because their ancestors had already said that there would never be a church in that community, so every effort by different people in the past to organise a church had failed. Simply because of the act of good work by this Mission group in providing water for them, the people in the community not only became open to the gospel, but they also accepted for the Mission group to organise a church for the believers. That is what an act of good work can do among nations. (more…)
SHINING THE LIGHT IN THE DARK PLACES THROUGH MISSION-PART 4. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
The world is in dire need for transformation as never before, as the ‘signs of the last days’ are multiplying on daily basis. Besides the fact that reaching the unreached is becoming more challenging, every people, place and continent on earth is battling with one crisis or the other. The solution to the different global challenges and crises: economic, social, political, spiritual etc will be found nowhere except in the Word of God. (more…)
SHINING THE LIGHT IN DARK PLACES-3. “He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:7-9).
It is interesting to note that the presence of darkness in the life of an individual, a group of people or a generation can manifest itself in different forms. Whatever ways darkness shows up itself to an individual or a group of people it always brings unpleasant situations. Most times people who are used to darkness are often not conscious of the deficiencies that it brings, for them that may be the best that life can offer, until somebody takes light to them and they begin to crave for it when they notice the difference. This is where (more…)
SHINNING THE LIGHT IN DARK PLACES THROUGH MISSIONS-2. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46)
Naturally, people who live in darkness do not have access to things that make life interesting, joyful and productive. It is the same way in the spiritual perspective, no one enjoys a good relationship with God and the abundant life that God gives unless the person has changed from life in darkness to life in the light. In the passage above, our Lord Jesus Christ made two things very clear: 1. I have come to the world as a light, 2. So that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (more…)
SHINING THE LIGHT IN THE DARK PLACES THROUGH MISSION-1. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ” I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Have you ever wondered why darkness still covers many places on earth? Have you ever asked why unrighteousness is fast overtaken righteousness, and why are so much wickedness in the world, in which our Savior is light? One main reason why darkness still hovers on the earth, is because the Saviour is not yet known in many places on earth. Many on earth have not yet carried his light that overcomes the dark, and many who carry the light have refused to shine the light in dark places. In this first part of this topic, we will consider three major things that Jesus said in the scripture above. (more…)