WHO IS A MISSIONARY?
UNDERSTANDING THE BASIC THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS-PART TWO. Since 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…)
WHO IS A MISSIONARY?
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…)
GIVING MISSION PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 8. “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 end of the earth” ( Acts 1:8).
What qualifies a man to be effective witness for Christ? Certainly, different people will have different opinions. I will not be surprised to hear people saying things like: A good biblical and evangelism training, good communication skill, wealth, social status etc. But I think in as much as those things are very important the Bible mentioned a fundamental element that an effective preacher of the gospel cannot do without which is POWER. The power of the Holy Spirit an indispensable thing that one must possess in order to witness (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…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIOPRITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 4. I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way (2 Corinthians 11:6).
Talking about the importance of training in mission, when we look closely at Paul’s statement in the passage above, Paul said, despite the fact that he has not been formally trained as a speaker in the school of languages and communication, he has acquired some knowledge. Paul has acquired knowledge in different areas through both formal and informal training. His theological training in Gamaliel’s school, his time in Arabia after conversion and his working with Barnabas, couple with God’s given natural talents have all made Paul, not just a Great Bible preacher and a Bible scholar of his time, but an orator and a great speaker. (more…)
GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 3. Joel was driving to his firm one early morning when his car broke down. He tried for over 5hrs to fix the car on his own, but could not succeed fixing the car. Suddenly, a man came, and in the process of sympathising with Joel’s situation, he asked Joel if he was a trained mechanic technician and Joel said no. The man advised Joel to call a trained mechanic technician and Joel accepted the advice and went to call a trained mechanic technician. It took the trained mechanic technician 20 minutes to fix the car that Joel had spent over 5hrs and could not fix. That’s important of training. The place of training cannot be over-emphasized in Christian ministry and particularly in cross-cultural missions. (more…)