One of the by-products of the long sojourn of the gospel in Western culture is the false assumption that all potential questions have been canvassed and answered and that there are fundamentally no new questions to be answered. Thus, Christian theology becomes static within certain fixed categories.
This is a video that anyone who is interested in mission or church work should make time to watch.
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.
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.
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.
If your natural reaction is to look to the future when things will get better, then you are less likely to thrive in mission work than someone who just settles down and makes the best of a changed situation.
It was mission that gave them their sense of separate identity from their Jewish roots. The Church was born in Antioch, not Jerusalem.
What can writers of missionary newsletters learn from Paul’s letter to Philippi?
What it says on the tin