…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Have you ever stopped to think about the beauty of having the Bible translated into the English language? We have multiple different translations to reference when studying the Bible. And not only this but we have Bible study software and websites that allow for us to easily search the Scriptures like a Google search! Through the use of technology (such as the printing press and the internet) God has enabled the translation and, thus, the preaching and reading of his Word throughout the world.
And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?
As 2013 will be ending, in Louisville, KY a new student missions conference will be launching. And perhaps, in the mercy of God, more than just a conference will be launching, but a movement. See the details on their website and consider your part: attending yourself, taking students, encouraging a student to attend, helping provide for a student you know to attend this event.
What's the relationship between Christian global missions and the Kingdom of God? That's a question for a book, not a blog post. But perhaps if we just looked at one text it would help bring some things together.
I asked my BCS mentors to look at my stacks of unread books (over 100) and select five for me to read first. Among them, I recently finished reading Mack Stiles’s, Marks of the Messenger, and here are 10 excerpts:
When giving his keynote address at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors last week, Mack (who I heard preach when I was in Dubai) made the following points:
“What is the best way that I can prepare for missions?”
This is a question that has been asked in some form or another by every person who has seriously considered cross-cultural gospel ministry. The way that someone answers this question will have significant impact on their future ministry. Fortunately, the answer is not as extraordinary as it may seem. In fact, it is quite ordinary: be faithful where you currently are.
Pastor Bud Burk recently went on a short term ministry trip to Myanmar with a handful of others from Bethlehem. Since these short term trips can be really helpful in encouraging both those who are called to go to the nations and those who are called to send to the nations, I asked Pastor Bud to share his thoughts on a couple of questions concerning the trip.
What do you think of when you hear the term missionary? Most probably have images of evangelists, church planters, or Bible translators come to mind. These are all necessary roles that serve to advance the cause of the gospel around the world. However, there are many different ways to serve Christ in the work of global discipleship apart from these three roles. One way to do this is through support ministries. Missionaries need behind-the-scenes supporters to help them accomplish their task.
This is the second post of a three part series focusing on next steps from Global Focus for senders. In the first post we examined the call for all who stay to be senders and three different ways to send well. This post will build upon one of those aforementioned ways: fasting and prayer.