Blog Posts on Missions

How Much Is Left to Do in the Great Commission?

John Piper
How Much Is Left to Do in the Great Commission?

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 “every people, tongue, tribe, and nation” of Revelation... Continue Reading

He Came to Conquer... and Send

Bruce Ashford
He Came to Conquer... and Send

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 — all things were created by him, through him, and for him (Colossians... Continue Reading

When Christian Hedonism Heads to the Hard Places

Marshall Segal
When Christian Hedonism Heads to the Hard Places

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 regions most resistant to the gospel.

In Theology and Practice of Mission:... Continue Reading

"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 to take the gospel to the furthest ends of the... Continue Reading

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 to learn German from scratch. In this three-minute video, he reflects on that... Continue Reading

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

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

Dear [Sarah],

You asked what happens topeoplewho live far away from thegospeland haveneverheardabout Jesus and die without faith in him.

Here is what I think the Bible teaches.

God always punishespeoplebecause of what they know and fail to believe. In other words,noone will be condemned fornotbelieving in Jesus who has neverheardof Jesus.

Does that mean thatpeoplewill be saved and go to heaven if theyhavenever heardof... Continue Reading

Where Are God’s Men? Where Are God’s Women?

Tony Reinke

John Piper gave this plea in his 2008 message at Together for the Gospel:

My desire and prayer for you is that your life and ministry have a radical flavor. The flavor of risk, sacrifice, love, simplicity, joy, freedom, and precarious adventure.

In 1939, Howard Guinness, one of the early founders of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, wrote a little book called Sacrifice. He was trying to do then what I am trying to do now. He wrote,

Where are the... Continue Reading