He gave the Bible to a fallen world as a way of communicating himself and his nature to mankind and in a similar way, he has sent the church out into the world to bear witness to his reconciling work in Jesus. Because mission and the Bible are both expressions of God reaching out to the world, it is not surprising that they are closely intertwined.
It is far too easy for churches in the UK to subconsciously set themselves to transmit with regard to the rest of the world. We see ourselves as teachers, trainers and contributors, but we rarely think in terms of receiving.
The faculty of Fuller Seminary has posted a series of short videos introducing each book of the Bible. I’ve not watched all of them, but the ones I have seen are thought-provoking and informative. This is the sort of page that is worth bookmarking for future reference. Here Sebastian Kim looks at the book of […]
Over the years, I’ve attended numerous international missions’ conferences, some of which were very helpful, and some less so. There are a couple of things that these conferences have in common; they are very expensive to run and they all involve a lot of air travel. Neither of which are ideal.
Please don’t spread rubbish (I wanted to use a stronger word, but this is a family blog) like this. If you find a story which is too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
Christianity has always spread organically through movements of people. The “professional” mission movement has been a catalyst to the spread of the faith, but it has only ever been a part of a much larger whole.
Evangelical history includes positively many voices for justice and pioneers of abolitionism, such as William Wilberforce, but also negatively those who assimilated the values of their surrounding unjust culture. Yet the basis of evangelical faith is Scripture, climaxing in the good news of Jesus Christ.
A commitment to taking the gospel to the ends of the earth will involve you in sacrifice. Yes, there will be good bits, but much of it will be hard.
In short, believing men and women are called to tell the world in which they live that God is loving and merciful and that He gives deliverance from sin and death to all who in faith surrender to Christ.
Committing a language to writing and translating the Bible is incredibly ennobling of ethnic identity. Grammars, dictionaries and books have played a vital part in the formation and survival of ethnes/nations. What Bible translators do is give ethnes, however small, an enhanced possibility of survival and growth into full nationhood.