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 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 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 4 Please, permit me to use the unusual approach as we look at part three of our main theme, ‘The Local Church and Global Mission’. I am sharing with you a meditation by Mary Schotte that I received from a friend couple of weeks ago, on ‘finding rest in God’. It is taken from a blog site called tendingscatteredwool.com (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…)
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 7. The story of Gabriel is almost the same with that of Joseph the son of Jacob in the Bible that went through different hardships as a result of his brothers that were jealous of his prospect in life and the love of his father for him. Gabriel was a very talented and hard working man, who worked in a big company. As a result of Gabriel’s performance and progress, his fellow workers became jealous and then conspired against him. Gabriel was accused wrongly which led to his been put in prison. One day, the General Director of the company needed a job done and there was no one among Gabriel’s colleagues that could do the job. One of the Senior Managers in the company who has (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…)