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 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…)
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…)
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 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…)
THE HEART OF COMPASSION-PART 3. 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,” they answered. (more…)