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 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-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…)