UNDERSTANDING THE BASIC THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS-PART TWOSince 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…)

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-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…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 19. “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer — at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 18. A cross cultural missionary visited a community of people with the aim of giving them the gospel. The people did not only welcome the missionary but they were excited about the good news that he was bringing to them and were willing to receive the new faith. The missionary went back to his base station with a promise to go and get ready and come back to the people soon. Unfortunately when the missionary got back to his base station, his attention and time was taken by other needs around and he could not go back to the people on time as promised. By the time he went back to the community, the people felt sorry that while the missionary delayed, someone came to tell them about another faith which they had received thinking it was the same with the one that the missionary promised to come and share with them. The missionary went back to the people too late and it was too late for the people to change their decision. The people had gone very deep in the wrong way and it was too late to change to the right way. That was how the door became closed. That’s exactly what happens when a man does not maximise God’s grace upon his life. A wasted time or a wasted opportunity may never be regained. Paul encouraged the Corinthian church like this: (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 17. God has made available every resource needed for all men to excel and fulfil His purpose on earth, but not many people enjoy these riches. While some are yet to discover these great and inexhaustible riches, some have not believed that they are there or real. Christians are then the most privileged people on earth because they live in total dependence on those riches. The extent to which the church will fulfil God’s purpose on earth depends on how much we maximise the use of these resources that God has made available for His people. We shall be sharing on one of those important riches of God called ‘grace’. (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 14. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).

I visited a brother some years ago who had a call into ministry and felt that he needed my prayers and counsels before going into the ministry. As I finished speaking with the brother and wanted to pray with him I sensed that the Spirit of God was asking me to just walk round the brother as I prayed. After walking round him for about 3 times the power of God came down in an unusual way and this brother who was never taught of the Holy Spirit before suddenly started speaking in tongues. This was the beginning of his empowerment in ministry and the Lord has been using him in full time ministry for over 15 years now. What if I had not listened to the Holy Spirit and what if I had heard Him and did not obey? (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 13. “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ….

You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 12. I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the Island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lamp stands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands are the seven churches. (Revelation 1:9-11, 17-20) (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 11. A man was promised an employment by the Director of a big company, when the day of the appointment came, he dressed up and told to his friends that he was ready for the job. One of his friends asked why he was doing as if he had already got the job. He said to him it’s because it is the Director of the company that made the promise. That is the extent to which a man can be so sure of the promise of a fellow man based on physical realities; but how much do we Christians trust God based on faith and not on sight. (more…)