WHO IS A MISSIONARY?
UNDERSTANDING THE BASIC THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS-PART TWO. Since the word missionary was not used in the Bible, different people have defined who a missionary is at different times based on the perspective of thinking. A missionary is called and sent by God with a specific mandate to a particular people. A missionary is called by God to take the gospel of the kingdom of God to people that have not received it. The Bible tells of different individuals and groups of people who were called at different times to fulfill a missionary mandate. In the Old Testament it was God the Father who played the role as sender of missionaries for example, Abraham was called by God as an individual: (more…)
WHO IS A MISSIONARY?
THE LOCAL CHURCH AND GLOBAL MISSIONS-PART SIX. The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20)
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 6. Simon and Andrew had just arrived in Zabe town where they planned to settle for their community assistance work. The first thing they did on arrival, was to do a general survey to discover the major need of the people. They discovered that the people of Zabe loved rice but only few can afford it. They decided to be supplying rice to the people with affordable price. As a takeoff of this exercise, they declared a rice-free day during which people will be given free rice. On the rice-free day, there were two queues for people to collect their gift of rice, one on the side of Simon and the other was supposed to be on the side of Andrew. It was amazing and a big shock as everybody queued on Simon’s side and nobody queued to receive rice from Andrew. Simon’s rice finished and as he wanted to take from Andrew’s rice to share to the remaining people on the queue, the people dispersed and went to their different homes. It was a strange experience for both Simon and Andrew and they decided to approach the community chairman for an explanation of what had happened. The chairman told them that it is was a symbol that Simon was accepted into the community, while Andrew was not. He went further to (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 5. “and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” (more…)
GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 16. As we continue to talk on leadership in the church, I want to mention that one vital element that keeps a spiritual leader consistently on the right track is having the understanding that a call to spiritual leadership is a trust from God. The most successful leader may not probably be the most gifted or talented leader but the one that is committed to walking very closely with the Master and to doing His will. The Bible recorded men and women whose lives and services demonstrated a biblical pattern for Christian leadership. Moses was one of such men whose life we can learn from. (more…)
GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 6. Let me go back again to the beginning of the New Testament church as we continue to discuss about the feature of the church. Praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). One thing we can see in this passage is that the New Testament church was known to be steadily increasing in number. The Bible talked about unbelievers that came to faith and became members of the church of Christ, believers that left another Local church to join another. How can the universal or a Local church grow in this way? The church must play her role as God’s army by confronting the kingdom of darkness through continuous work of evangelism and mission. (more…)
THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER-PART 2. The fulfillment of some of the promises in the Bible took place in the past; some are for the future while others are for the present. It is important for us to know that God does not take His promises lightly; He keeps them accordingly when we walk in obedience to His principles. One of God’s promises that does not only have its fulfillment in the past and present but also on continuous basis is that of bringing men from the kingdom of darkness to His Kingdom when we ask Him, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8) (more…)