UNDERSTANDING THE BASIC THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS PART ONE,Mission, the major task of the church is widely spoken of by Christians today, but the understanding of the concept and the way it should be done differ from people to people and places to places. It is often very important to compare the general understanding of the church about mission with what the Bible teaches. The true concept about mission does not only help us to do it correctly but also to maximize the use of God’s given (more…)
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…)
SHINNING THE LIGHT IN DARK PLACES THROUGH MISSION-PART 5. “…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
A missionary entered a community where there was no potable water for the people. He made efforts with members of his team to provide potable water not just for the Mission Base but also for the people in the community who were in dire need. As evangelism work progressed in that community, it came to a stage that they needed to organise a church for the disciples. Initially, there was a resistance by the community because their ancestors had already said that there would never be a church in that community, so every effort by different people in the past to organise a church had failed. Simply because of the act of good work by this Mission group in providing water for them, the people in the community not only became open to the gospel, but they also accepted for the Mission group to organise a church for the believers. That is what an act of good work can do among nations. (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 9. 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 ends of the earth “(Acts 1:8).
Our emphasis in the last article was on the need for power in order to be an effective witness for Christ. It is important to know also that, inasmuch as we cannot witness effectively for Christ without the power of God, the power will be useless if it is not been used to witness for Christ. A lot of people in the world today are still living under the bondage of false religions because they have not heard the true gospel. People will never be liberated from falsehood until they received the truth. So, in as much as the need for power is important, men and women who carry the power of God must rise up to be effective witness for Christ everywhere. There is need to take the gospel to: People of close proximity, People within our territory and People beyond our territory (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…)
THE CHURCH’S PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD MISSION-PART 4. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11).
Many times we call for changes in our society and even in the church, and those changes do not come. Sometime, the reason why we do not see those changes we desire are because we ourselves have refused to change, and sometime the changes do not come because we are not prepared for the changes we called for. (more…)