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…)

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…)

THE HEART OF COMPASSION-PART 9. Have you ever thought of how it will look like if every person, people and tribe on the face of the earth heard and received the gospel and became true disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ? I think that would be the Kingdom of God on earth! That was the original plan of God when He created the first man, Adam, and put him in the ‘paradise’ of the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, this plan was truncated when Adam fell from grace to grass by eating of the fruit of knowledge of good and bad that God had forbidden him from eating. The whole earth and humanity entered into chaos, and since then God, because of His eternal purpose, has been seeking to reconcile man to Himself through different ways at different times. He gave the law through His prophet, Moses, in the Old Testament and grace through His Son Jesus Christ in the New Testament, all for the purpose of reconciliation and (more…)

THE HEART OF COMPASSION-PART 7.Where a true compassion is demonstrated, there is always both the giver and the receiver side. In the previous articles I have talked more on the attitude of the giver, which is the person that shows compassion. In this article, I want to talk more on the attitude of the receiver, which is the person to whom compassion is shown. Sometime there is a disposition that a needy man put up that attracts compassion to him, just as there is an attitude that a weak man displays that the strong men around him will not remain indifferent to his need. I am not saying that the people to whom we show compassion will always merit it or appreciate it, but I am saying that there are some attitudes that draw compassion to a needy person and this makes the goal of both the giver and the receiver to be achieved easily. Let’s look at the example of the Lord Jesus Christ with a Leper during one of His outreaches. (more…)