UNDERSTANDING THE BASIC THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS PART ONE,Mission, the major task of the church is widely spoken of by Christians today, but the understanding of the concept and the way it should be done differ from people to people and places to places. It is often very important to compare the general understanding of the church about mission with what the Bible teaches. The true concept about mission does not only help us to do it correctly but also to maximize the use of God’s given (more…)
THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSIONS-PART SEVEN. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20). (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…)
GIVING MISSION PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” ( Acts 1:8).
What qualifies a man to be effective witness for Christ? Certainly, different people will have different opinions. I will not be surprised to hear people saying things like: A good biblical and evangelism training, good communication skill, wealth, social status etc. But I think in as much as those things are very important the Bible mentioned a fundamental element that an effective preacher of the gospel cannot do without which is POWER. The power of the Holy Spirit an indispensable thing that one must possess in order to witness (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH- PART 7. The story of Gabriel is almost the same with that of Joseph the son of Jacob in the Bible that went through different hardships as a result of his brothers that were jealous of his prospect in life and the love of his father for him. Gabriel was a very talented and hard working man, who worked in a big company. As a result of Gabriel’s performance and progress, his fellow workers became jealous and then conspired against him. Gabriel was accused wrongly which led to his been put in prison. One day, the General Director of the company needed a job done and there was no one among Gabriel’s colleagues that could do the job. One of the Senior Managers in the company who has (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIOPRITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 4. I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way (2 Corinthians 11:6).
Talking about the importance of training in mission, when we look closely at Paul’s statement in the passage above, Paul said, despite the fact that he has not been formally trained as a speaker in the school of languages and communication, he has acquired some knowledge. Paul has acquired knowledge in different areas through both formal and informal training. His theological training in Gamaliel’s school, his time in Arabia after conversion and his working with Barnabas, couple with God’s given natural talents have all made Paul, not just a Great Bible preacher and a Bible scholar of his time, but an orator and a great speaker. (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 3. Joel was driving to his firm one early morning when his car broke down. He tried for over 5hrs to fix the car on his own, but could not succeed fixing the car. Suddenly, a man came, and in the process of sympathising with Joel’s situation, he asked Joel if he was a trained mechanic technician and Joel said no. The man advised Joel to call a trained mechanic technician and Joel accepted the advice and went to call a trained mechanic technician. It took the trained mechanic technician 20 minutes to fix the car that Joel had spent over 5hrs and could not fix. That’s important of training. The place of training cannot be over-emphasized in Christian ministry and particularly in cross-cultural missions. (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 2. Zachariah was one of the most active and gifted members of his church. One day he had a special encounter with God, during which the Lord spoke to him that He was calling him into cross- cultural missions. Zachariah went to his Pastor to share this experience with him. The first response of the pastor was that, you did not need to leave the church before you fulfil your mission call. The church will set up a Mission Department and you will be the head of Mission Department of the church. Zachariah complied with his pastor and within a year a Mission Department was set up in the church and Zachariah was heading the department. For 2yrs Zachariah’s mission’s involvement did not go beyond administrative works, and all within the church. He began to feel uncomfortable with his situation because he knew that, that was not what God had called him to do. (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 1. Many local churches have understood the plan of God concerning missions today, and they are doing wonderfully good. Many of these churches put mission as major priority in their annual budgeting and planning. A lot of individual disciples are also investing their God given resources and time to advance missions, many are supporting missions through their prayers and many are offering their lives to serve as front line missionaries in different continents. The third world is no longer left out in missions’ venture as many countries that were receiving missionaries are now senders of missionaries. Despite this progress, some churches are still indifferent to God’s missionary call; hence little or no attention is given to missions in their programs and planning. This is not supposed to be so! Every church is to be actively involved in missions. Let us consider what the Lord Jesus Christ said when He talked of the church for the first time in the Bible. (more…)