Blog Posts on Missions

The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today

John Piper

Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe. Therefore, all the nations — the peoples — of the earth belong to him by right of creation and by right of his redemptive purpose on the cross.

By right of creation: “The earth is the Lᴏʀᴅ’s . . . the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it” (Psalm 24:1–2).

By right of redemptive purpose on the cross:…

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Some Kindling for Your Embers

John Piper

We all feel small.

That’s because we are small. John Piper may seem like a big fish in the little evangelical pond. But in the ocean of the world, I am statistically a nobody.

But we are attached to the Creator of the world through his Son Jesus, and we are part of his global purpose for all nations that cannot be stopped.

Fire Up Your Hope

Take three minutes…

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The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

John Piper

Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For all that time “he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16).

Then at the entry of his Son into the world, all this changed.

As…

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The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission

David Mathis

The tension in the air can feel thick enough to cut with a knife. It escalates to all-out war in some churches — the battle between living local and going global.

With limited time and resources and energy in any given context, it can feel like local mission and global missions are constantly vying for attention, competing articles rather than one seamless garment.

On one side, we see the needs around…

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How Much Is Left to Do in the Great Commission?

John Piper

We should be dumbfounded at how doable the remaining task of world missions is. Before I show this, let’s clarify some definitions.

Missions is not the same as evangelism. Evangelism is sharing the gospel with any unbelievers, and that work will never be done till Jesus comes.

Missions, on the other hand, relates to people groups, not just people, and the number is finite and relatively stable — like the…

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He Came to Conquer... and Send

Bruce Ashford

A Hindu once asked the missionary E. Stanley Jones, “What has Christianity to offer that our religion has not?” He replied, “Jesus Christ.” Indeed, Jesus Christ is central to Christian belief and practice, and is the driving force in our missiology. He stands at the center of the universe, at the center of the Scriptures, and at the center of our missiology.

Jesus Christ Is Supreme

Jesus Christ is pre-eminent…

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When Christian Hedonism Heads to the Hard Places

Marshall Segal

While there may be many Christians in the world truly qualified to speak on suffering for the gospel, few of them are Westerners. One with some qualification is Zane Pratt, who lived and ministered in Central Asia for 20 years and is now dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary. For two decades, he sought to reach Muslims for Jesus in some of the…

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"Never the Same" — The Sawi People Fifty Years Later

Jonathan Parnell

In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson came into contact with a remote tribe in West New Guinea known as the Sawi people. They were cannabilistic headhunters without a written language, nor any clue about Jesus.

The Richardsons, along with their three children, preached the gospel to the Sawi people and witnessed a remarkable movement of God. The story is told in the best-selling book Peace Child and has inspired many…

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Piper's Encouragement to Those Learning a Second Language

Jonathan Parnell

Risk is right, but it's also hard — or at least it is when it involves learning a second language.

Many Christians who have answered a compelling call to the nations soon find themselves in a perpetual plod of learning how to talk all over again. It is tiresome, even discouraging. And John Piper knows how it feels.

Studying at the University of Munich in the 70's, Piper had…

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Letter to a 12-Year-Old Girl About the Eternal Destiny of Those Who Have Not Heard the Gospel

John Piper

Dear [Sarah],

You asked what happens to people who live far away from the gospel and have never heard about Jesus and die without faith in him.

Here is what I think the Bible teaches. 

God always punishes people because of what they know and fail to believe. In other words, no one will be condemned for not believing in Jesus who has never heard of Jesus.

Does that mean that people will be saved and go to heaven if they have never heard of Jesus? No, that is not what God tells…

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