Posts Tagged: mission

Abiding in Jesus: December 26

READ: Zechariah 10, Acts 7-9, 2 John LEAVING HOME We have made Christmas about coming home and being comfortable. Jesus’ approach to Christmas was to leave home and be uncomfortable. Christmas has become safe and cozy, a time to relax and give gifts to one another. The original Christmas involved God leaving the comfort of heaven to give a most precious gift to those who would largely reject it. Zechariah reminds us that God does indeed visit His flock (Zech. 10:3) and comfort them, but with the intention of “sowing them among the nations” (v. 9). Christmas is Christ’s invitation to us to…

Abiding in Jesus: September 6

READ: Psalm 99, Jonah 1, John 3, Galatians 5 BECOMING LESS It is God’s presence that compels, fuels, and demands mission. We cannot claim to be intimate with Jesus and not be passionately, radically stirred for the nations. To know anything about Jesus is to know that He burns to be glorified by every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, and to know this is a fire of love, for He knows our highest satisfaction is in His deepest praise. The Christian not burdened, prayerful, agonized over the peoples of earth who don’t know Jesus is an incomplete and shortsighted one….

An Open Letter to the Concerned Father of a Cairo Missionary

Dear Sir, Thanks for writing. I am thankful you are prayerfully and lovingly looking out for your daughter and son-in-law, and by extension all of us. There are certainly momentous changes going on in Egypt right now. We are watching very carefully. One eye takes in the physical dangers, risks, and developments, while the other eye watches what is harder to see: the spiritual ramifications and possibilities. Ironically, civil and sectarian strife—more than times of peace and prosperity—often coincide with openness to the Gospel. The bulging churches after 9/11 are an example of that. I want to give you a…

Abiding in Jesus: August 10

READ: Psalm 72, Daniel 1-3, Mark 16, 1 Corinthians 7  MASCULINE MISSIOLOGY The church and the missions sending agency have different purposes. It is a mistake of great consequence to organize and run mission agencies the same way we organize and run churches. Ralph Winter referred to the church as a “modality” and the mission agency as a “sodality.” The church by nature is multifaceted, intended to represent the Kingdom of God in a fully orbed manner within society. The mission agency is to have one priceless vision: planting the church among the peoples where it does not exist. Churches…

Abiding in Jesus: April 27

READ: 1 Chronicles 4-6, Psalm 117, Matthew 28, Hebrews 2 MISSION STATEMENT Jesus has all authority on heaven and earth. Because He is supreme it is fitting that He gives us orders. Every Christian then should live and die under these commands: GO. The Greek has the sense of “as you are going.” Implicit is movement and flexibility. The follower of Jesus is intended to have a peripatetic gene–spiritually if not physically. We should be ever moving, seeking: “Who has not heard? Where has the gospel not gone? Where does the Church not exist?” The Jesus follower was never intended to settle down into comfort or self-absorption….

Abiding in Jesus: March 27

READ: 1 Samuel 16-18, Psalm 86, John 18, Philippians 1 DEATH GAIN  Jesus, knowing all things that would come upon Him (suffering and death), “went forward” (John 18:4) to drink the cup the Father gave Him (v. 11) for He accepted that it was expedient for one man to die for the people (v. 14). If it takes one missionary (or more) to die that every unreached people group on earth be reached with the gospel, this is a worthwhile and affordable expense. This is an expediency we can, and must, embrace. The peoples of the world are worth immeasurably more:…

Abiding in Jesus: March 23

READ: 1 Samuel 4-6, Psalm 82, John 14, Ephesians 3 INGLORIOUS In 1 Samuel 4 the ark of God is captured. Israel had gone to war against the Philistines, and knowing they needed help, knowing God dwelt above the cherubim, they brought God along (v. 4). “God has come into the camp!” they shouted, and the earth shook. The Philistines heard the report and, knowing they were up against a formidable foe, exhorted themselves to “be strong and conduct themselves like men, and fight” (v. 9). If it’s good for the goose (enemies of God), that sure seems like good…