Blog Posts on Missions

Speaking to Muslims About the Crucified Christ

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper writes,

Jesus said, “I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him” (John 5:42–43).

When Jesus says, “receive him,” he means receive him for who he really is: the divine, eternal Son of God who lays down his life for the sheep and takes it up again in three days. If a person does not receive him in this way, that person,... Continue Reading

Since Christ Is All: Katie's Story

Joseph Randall

I recently finished up a discipleship course focusing on Jesus' call to follow him. Jesus' basic call to anyone who would follow after him demands everything from us:

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26–27)

And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me,... Continue Reading

The Pastor's Role in World Evangelization

Jonathan Parnell
The Pastor's Role in World Evangelization

Pastor John:

What then should a pastor do to promote a passion among his people to see God glorified by the in-gathering of his sheep from the thousands of unreached people groups around the world?

My answer: above everything else, be the kind of person and the kind of preacher whose theme and passion is the majesty of God. . . .

The most important thing I think pastors can do to arouse and sustain a passion for world evangelization is week in and week out to help... Continue Reading

The Story Behind Our Persian Translations

Tyler Kenney
The Story Behind Our Persian Translations

It is illegal to own a satellite dish in Iran, because, according to the government, the Western channels available exist only to undermine Islam and the Iranian people (see the BBC report). But despite the law many Iranians still covertly install the devices and watch. It was through satellite programming in Iran, in fact, that our friend Hovik met his wife.

Hovik, whose real name we must withhold for security reasons, is a Persian translation partner with Desiring... Continue Reading

Are You Guilt-Driven Enough to Go?

Tyler Kenney
Are You Guilt-Driven Enough to Go?

In his article this past Wednesday at Christianity Today, Bishop Hwa Yung considers how mistakes in missions over the past several hundred years have created a sense of guilt in the Western conscience.

But he says it’s important to understand where that guilt really comes from.

The very fact of Western guilt may be one of the supreme evidences for the enduring validity of the gospel in the post-Christian West. For it shows that the gospel has the power to shape the... Continue Reading

The Laugh of Faith and the Power of Prayer

John Piper
The Laugh of Faith and the Power of Prayer

I praise God for Jason Mandryk and his team who put together the seventh edition of Operation World. The subtitle is The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation. Just the other day I was having my world adjusted by reading and praying over the section on Palestine (The Palestine Authority).

Where does a book of this scope come from? What drives its production? It’s the vision of God, and the laugh of faith. Here’s the answer:

All the earth-shaking awesome forces... Continue Reading

What Would John Stott Say to Us After Our Conference on Missions?

John Piper
What Would John Stott Say to Us After Our Conference on Missions?

Something like this I think:

The highest of missionary motive is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God), but rather zeal — burning and passionate zeal — for the glory of Jesus Christ. . . . Only one imperialism is Christian . . . and that is concern for His Imperial Majesty Jesus... Continue Reading

The Next Step: Disciple a Few

David Mathis
The Next Step: Disciple a Few

Maybe you attended a missions conference. Or read a book or article. Or heard a life-altering message. Or perhaps best of all, you were turned upside down by personal interaction with a fellow Christian. For the first time, you’re seeing that we are all “sent.” Every Christian is called to live on gospel mission. Whether God is lighting a new fire in you for “living sent” where you already are, or he’s calling you to cross a culture in missions, what’t next? Where do you go... Continue Reading

Keeping the Missions Flame Alive

John Piper

It’s Monday the day after our National Conference on the theme, Finish the Mission. I slept till 9, got up, went to the gym with Noël, came home, opened my Bible, read two chapters and fell asleep till 12:30. Then we went on our day-off date to Baja Sol.

When I came home, I felt the burden to speak to those of you who stood up in the last session declaring that you either knew God was calling you to cross-cultural missions, or you felt a strong stirring that you thought was... Continue Reading

Jerry Rankin on the Great Commission

Jonathan Parnell

The Great Commission was not an afterthought for Jesus. It is a mandate that reflects the heart and mission of God from before the foundations of the world.

In this 16-minute episode of Theology Refresh, Jerry Rankin discusses unreached and unengaged peoples, the dynamics of mission strategy, and international church planting. His aim is to encourage pastors and local churches to be involved in global outreach.

Stream or download the interview.

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