What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
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We are hoping you can join us for MOMS on October 16 on the campus of your choosing! MOMS begins at 9:30am and ends at 11:30 am.
Speakers for October 16th:
Life on the Front Lines--Come and hear from one of our Global Partner mothers as she shares from her experiences abroad. Learn how to better pray for and encourage our Global Partners. Each campus will have their own Global Partner to hear from on this morning.
One of the difficulties with the task of global discipleship is making sure that Western missionaries and sending churches are not doing more harm than good. There are numerous factors to take into consideration when doing gospel-ministry in another culture, and thus, there are many risks that Western missionaries face. These might be preaching a “Western” gospel rather than a gospel that is relevant to all cultures, or doing community development in way that enables laziness rather than empowers ownership. In other words, missionaries and senders run the risk
In about 5 weeks, we will have our Challenge Sunday, the climax of the Master Planning process. You will be hearing shortly about an exciting debt reduction/income expansion vision. An important part of our excitement is the spreading of a passion for God to all peoples and nations. This report comes from one of our people who is thousands of miles away, regarding visitors they had last Fall.
"There is not an inch of any sphere of life over which Jesus Christ does not say, 'Mine'." (Abraham Kuyper)
"No local church can afford to go without the encouragement and nourishment that will come to it by sending away its best people." (David Penman)
"In America the most important thing is that people have freedom. In restricted countries the most important thing is what people do with freedom." (George Otis)
1) Unexpectedly, I was impressed more by similarities than by differences among the representatives of 68+ countries. In my small discussion group were individuals from Malawi (south central Africa), Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Greece. From the very outset, when the sharing of problems was candid the empathy was remarkable. Church issues, family issues, and personal faith issues seemed to be so similar that we could feel each other’s strains immediately. This was a surprise to me.
It is not easy to spot the epoch-making people while they are alive. That’s just as well, I suppose. It helps protect us from idol worship and them from vanity.
But an epoch in world missions is being made, and two of the makers are Ralph and Roberta Winter, founders of the U.S. Center for World Mission. To spend an evening with them would be a remarkable privilege! You are invited to do that at Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. I urge you to put it on your calendar now.
This morning I was meditating on the appearance of Jesus to the disciples after his resurrection. Incomprehensibly he called them “Brothers”! They had deserted him. They were hiding in fear. They were like . . . me. So I heard the Lord of the universe call me “Brother” this morning (John 20:17).
Is Bethlehem or the Baptist General Conference engaged in frontier missions as the apostle Paul conceived it? Answer: Some, but not much.
Most of what our missionaries do may be called regular or assistance missions rather than frontier missions. Regular missions is what you do when you cross a culture to assist an established church to minister to people of its own kind. This kind of partnership is needed up to a point but requires tremendous insight to know what kind of expatriate help is causing long term dependence.