So much of our training in evangelism stops after we have prepared people to communicate the gospel. However, the best evangelists aren’t necessarily just expert speakers, but expert listeners. Sharing faith is not just about giving great answers, it’s about asking great questions.
If we were serious about the idea that mission is God’s activity and not ours, we would be much less precious about organisational boundaries.
A short review of a very, very good book.
We [the church] are invited to participate in an activity of God which is the central meaning of creation itself. We are invited to become, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, participants in the Son’s loving obedience to the Father. All things have been created that they may be summed up in Christ the Son. All history is directed towards that end.
Discipleship is, in essence, simply following Jesus. It means forsaking all, despite difficulties, suffering and even death, primarily death to self. Discipleship is in danger of getting lost in trendy terminologies and packaged programmes.
Some thoughts on my doctoral studies including one or two interesting (controversial?) conclusions and a few personal revelations.
Rather than saying God is a missionary God and therefore we should do mission, we might be better saying that God is holy and that we should be holy. This doesn’t mean that we don’t do mission – but it shapes the way we go about it.
We translate the Bible because God is who he is.
When a church really grasps that God has one mission which encompasses the whole world (including your home city) and gets excited about that mission, then both “home mission” and “world mission” will thrive.
This post raises the important question of what should drive us in our mission; what we find to be practical, or what we believe about God and the way he is at work?