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The Biblical and historical foundation for missions
The focus of God's concern for people, we are created for
relationship with Him. An indigenous church must be planted among each
The father of modern missions is William Carey
Missionary-Evangelist 1761-1834 English Baptist missionary to India. Born in
England in 1761. Pastor before going to the mission field, he spent an active
forty-one years serving the Lord in India, including translating the Scriptures.
William Carey the father of modern
missions is known for his work in agriculture, steam engine, banking, caring for
lepers, the printing press, education, Bible translations, astronomy, libraries,
women's right (he brought to a stop the practice of widow burning), he brought
moral and cultural reform.
"Shoemaker by trade, but scholar,
linguist and missionary by God's training," William Carey was one of God's
giants in the history of evangelism! One of his biographers, F. Dealville
Walker, wrote of Carey: "He, with a few contemporaries, was almost singlehanded
in conquering the prevailing indifference and hostility to missionary effort;
Carey developed a plan for missions, and printed his amazing Enquiry; he
influenced timid and hesitating men to take steps to the evangelizing of the
world." Another wrote of him, "Taking his life as a whole, it is not too much to
say that he was the greatest and most versatile Christian missionary sent out in
Carey was born in England, August
17, 1761, of a weaver's family. In 1785 he moved to Moulton to become a
schoolmaster and a year later he became pastor of the small Baptist congregation
there. It was in Moulton that Carey heard the missionary call. In his own
words he cried, "My attention to missions was first awakened after I was at
Moulton, by reading the Last Voyage of Captain Cook." To many, Cook's Journal
was a thrilling story of adventure, but to Carey it was a revelation of human
need! He then began to read every book that had any bearing on the subject.
(This, along with his language study for at twenty-one years of age Carey had
mastered Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Italian, and was turning to Dutch and French.
One well called his shoemaker's cottage "Carey's College," for as he cobbled
shoes along with his preaching he never sat at his bench without some kind of a
book before him.)
The more he read and studied, the
more convinced he was "the peoples of the world need Christ." He read, he made
notes, he made a great leather globe of the world and, one day, in the quietness
of his cobbler's shop, not in some enthusiastic missionary conference, Carey
heard the call: "If it be the duty of all men to believe the Gospel ... then it
be the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it
known among all nations." And Carey sobbed out, "Here am I; send me!"
To surrender was one thing, to get
to the field was quite another problem. There were no missionary societies and
there was no real missionary interest. When
Carey brought up this subject for discussion at a ministers' meeting, "Whether
the command given to the apostles to teach all nations was not obligatory on all
succeeding ministers to the end of the world, seeing that the accompanying
promise was of equal extent," One leader shouted, "Young man, sit down: when God
pleases to covert the heathen, He will do it without your aid or mine." Another
added his feelings as resembling the unbelieving gate keeper of Samaria, who
said, "If the Lord should make windows in heaven, how could such a thing be?"
But Carey persisted. Carey wrote his famed Enquiry Into the Obligations of
the Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen. In this
masterpiece on missions Carey answered arguments, surveyed the history of
missions from apostolic times, surveyed the entire known world as to countries,
size, population and religions, and dealt with the practical application of how
to reach the world for Christ!
He prayed, he pled with others,
and he persisted. And he preached, "EXPECT GREAT
THINGS FROM GOD. ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD." The result of that
message preached at Nottingham, May 30, 1792, and all the other missionary
ministries of Carey, produced the particular Baptist Missionary Society, formed
that Fall at Kettering on October 2, 1792. A subscription was started and,
ironically, Carey could not contribute any money toward it except the pledge of
the profit from his book, The Enquiry.
It was in 1793 that Carey went to
India. There were years of discouragement (no Indian convert for seven years),
debt, disease, deterioration of his wife's mind, death, but by the grace of God,
and by the power of the Word. Carey continued and conquered for
When he died at 73 (1834), he had
seen the Scriptures translated and printed into forty languages, he had been a
college professor, and had founded a college at Serampore. He had seen India
open its doors to missionaries, he had seen the edict passed prohibiting sati
(burning widows on the funeral pyres of their dead husbands), and he had seen
converts for Christ.
A leader in the second era of missions in 1865 was
J. Hudson Taylor: Pioneer
Missionary 1832-1905, English missionary to China. Founder, China Inland
Mission. Spent five years translating
the New Testament into the Ningpo dialect. At his death in 1905, there were 205
stations with 849 missionaries, and 125,000 Chinese Christians in the China
"He must move men through God --
by prayer," that was the philosophy of J. Hudson Taylor, first missionary to the
interior of China and the founder of the China Inland Mission, which is today
Overseas Missionary Fellowship or OMF. As a teenager he accepted Christ
and soon heard from Heaven, "Go for Me to China."
After his call Taylor first moved from
the comforts of his home with his parents and two sisters to work for a doctor
in a small poor town and accumulate a little medical knowledge, and began to
learn to live by faith, as his salary was small and the doctor sometimes forgot
to pay him. He had been called out late one night to witness to and pray
over a sick woman with starving children. As he tried to pray, his words choked
in his mouth because he had in his possession a silver coin that would answer
his prayer and alleviate their sufferings somewhat. "Hypocrite!" he heard his
heart condemn him. "Telling people about a kind and loving Father in Heaven --
and not prepared to trust Him yourself, without your money!" He gave them his
last coin -- only one bowl of porridge between him and poverty! As he ate that
last meal he remembered the Scripture, "He that giveth to the poor lendeth to
The next day he received a
package. In it was a gold coin -- worth
ten times the silver coin. Taylor cried
out triumphantly, "That's good interest! Ha!
in God's bank for twelve hours and it brings me this!
That's the bank for me!"
Thus, at nineteen years of age,
Taylor learned he could trust and obey God in every area of his life.
There were many lessons to learn, but at
the first he learned that a man can take God at His Word. Praying! And answers
to prayer! That became the passion of his life. He learned to move men through
God by prayer. He asked no man for any material thing.
There were storms at sea and
miraculous deliverances in that five-and-one-half months' journey to China.
There was civil war when he landed at Shanghai, rebels holding the city. Fires,
famine, fearsome circumstances were fought by the young missionary on his knees
and God delivered him. And at the age of twenty-two, eight months a missionary,
he also found himself responsible for supplying the needs of newly-arriving
missionaries, the Parker family.
Taylor ministered in the river
towns, married a wife and saw many miracles in converted Chinese. But on June
25, 1865, he made his move to minister to the millions of China "West of the
Mountains, South of the Clouds, North of the Lake"--Inland China.
At Brighton, England, on furlough, he
opened a bank account: "Ten pounds" (Fifty dollars) in the name of "The China
Inland Mission." His initial goal was twenty-four workers. The next May the
twenty-four sailed. Then there were seventy more, and another hundred.
And finally, more than eight hundred
missionaries ministered across the miles of China's interior. Truly this man of
faith excelled in the ministry of moving men through God by prayer.
Hudson Taylor died in 1905, before
the communist takeover of his beloved China. His days were days of extensive and
William Cameron Townsend founder of Wycliffe
When young Cameron Townsend tried
to sell Spanish Bibles in Guatemala in 1917-1918, he discovered that the
majority of the people he met did not understand Spanish. Neither did they have
a written form of their own beautiful language, the Cakchiquel. Townsend
abandoned his attempts to sell Bibles and began living among the Cakchiquels. He
learned their complex language, created an alphabet for it, analyzed the grammar
and translated the New Testament in the remarkably short span of ten years.
Concerned about other minority
language groups, Townsend opened Camp Wycliffe in Arkansas in the summer of
1934. Named for the first translator of the entire English Bible, the camp was
designed to train young people in basic linguistics and translation methods. Two
students enrolled. The following year, after a training session with five men in
attendance, Townsend took the five to Mexico to begin field work. From this
small beginning has grown the worldwide ministry of the
Summer Institute of Linguistics, Wycliffe Bible Translators,
Wycliffe Associates, and the technical department of SIL known
No cultural group is considered
too small and no language too difficult. Pioneering continues as several
thousand workers break new ground in many parts of the world. The highest
standards of linguistics and anthropological orientation are upheld. Service is
stressed. All field work is done in cooperation with host governments,
universities and philanthropic groups. Portions of the Christian Scriptures are
translated for people in their mother tongue, the language of their hearts.
In facing the daunting
complexities of at least a thousand unwritten languages in the world today,
Wycliffe workers trust God for the impossible as He provides the resources
needed to reach the forgotten, by-passed minority people of the world.
Donald Mc Gavran 1897-1990, A missionary, educator,
author, and a minister in the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ.
Donald Mc Gavran was founding dean
of Fuller Theological Seminary's School of World Mission in Pasadena, CA.
(1965-71) Serving as a United Christian Missionary Society missionary in his
native India from 1923 to 1957, he later worked as a professor at Indianapolis's
College of Missions (1957-60) and as a director at Northwest Christian College,
Institute of Church Growth [1961-65] before joining Fuller in 1965. There he
became senior professor of missions in 1971-1990. He was also Director of the
Lilly Endowment Research in Church Growth in Latin America (1965-67)
In addition, McGavran lectured and
founded churches around the United States and wrote numerous books, among them
How to Teach Religion in Mission Schools, How Churches Grow, Understanding
Church Growth, Crucial Issues in Missions Tomorrow, The Eye of the Storm: The
Great Debate in Missions, and The Clash between Christianity and Cultures. His
articles appeared in International Review of Missions, Missiology, Evangelical
Missions Quarterly, Christianity Today, and other periodicals.
He was also a writer of news and views
column in United Church Review, India, 1943-47 and editor of Church Growth
Bulletin, 1964-90. He was a member of
the National Association of Professors of Missions and the American Society of
Besides founding the Fuller School
of World Missions, McGavran developed the methodology of
"contextualization" of the gospel for each culture and which teaching is found
in the Perspectives curriculum. His Bridges of God (1954), originally titled,
"How Peoples Become Christian" is viewed.as the classic summons for missionaries
to utilize the "bridges" of family and kinship ties within each people group
thereby promoting "people movements" to Christ...To Christianize a whole people,
the first thing not to do is snatch individuals out of it into a different
society. Thus, a Christward movement
within a people can be defeated either by extracting the new Christian from
their society (i.e. by allowing them to be squeezed out by their non-Christian
relatives) or by the non-Christians so dominating the Christians that their new
life in Christ is not apparent.... It is important to note that the group
decision is not the sum of the separate individual decisions. The leader makes
sure that his followers will follow. The
followers make sure that they are not ahead of each other.
Husbands sound out wives...As the group
considers becoming Christina, tension mounts and excitement rises. Indeed, a
prolonged informal vote-taking is under way. A change of religion involves
community change. Only as its members move together does change become healthy
and constructive." [Perspectives Reader, pgs. 137-140]
McGavran’s methodology of "people
movements" and the idea that cultures were to be "redeemed" by "redemptive
analogies" are globally embraced. According
to McGavran the focus of the church is not to save individuals or disciple them,
although he points out that is not to be forgotten.
However, "extraction evangelism", that
is, to save one person out of the "context" of his sociological 'unit' is a
setback to global evangelization. He
believed that when Jesus said to make 'disciples of the nations', He meant
literally, the entire NATIONS including the governments. He also did
some work with Charles and Win Arn in senior adult evangelism.
God's heart is for all people. God confused the
languages in the Story of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. The world had one
language and one culture, but they rebelled against God’s plan and refused to
spread out over the whole earth. God created new languages and ultimately
caused new cultures to be developed, at least 70 languages going back to Genesis
10:1-32. There comes a time when God has to bring judgment.
God is balancing His patience with His holiness. The rest of the Old
Testament chronicles God’s interacting with the peoples of the region of the
world. Acts 17 indicates God was intimately involved with every people
group and He still is. People groups God interacted with include the
Egyptians, Canaanites, Moabites, Amorites, Perezites, Jebusites, Philistines,
Assyrians, Babylonians, Phoenicians, Mesopotamians, Edomites, Cushites,
Ammonites, Sidonians, Persians, Samarians, Midianites, Horites, Hivites,
Schechemites, Shunamites, Medes, Ninevites, Hitites, Amalekites, Ethiopians,
Romans, Greeks, Chaldeans, Shuhites, Temanites, and more.
The Abrahamic Covenant from Genesis
Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives
and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your
name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless
you, and the one who curses you I will curse.
3 And in you
all the families of the earth will be blessed."
We see from this that God's heart is for all people.
Bless you is the top line of the covenant and then bless others is the bottom
line or responsibility part, "you shall be a blessing" v. 2 "all the
families of the earth shall be blessed" v. 3. You can see this promise
repeated throughout Scripture.
The 4000-year connection
The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, .
Galatians 3:8 (NASB) "ALL
THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU
[Quotation from Genesis 22:18]
God's heart is for the Egyptians. God loves all
people equally. The Egyptians worshipped the creation rather than the
Creator. Every one of the plagues were focused on either an object of
their worship or their witchcraft. More than fifteen times in Exodus God
proclaimed His motivation for all that He did to the Egyptians. "That the
Egyptians will know that I am the only true God." God warned them, God
told them a way out, and why He was doing it. God calls them His people:
Isaiah 19:19-25 (NASB)
19 In that day
there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a
pillar to the LORD near its border.
It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of
Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send
them a Savior and a Champion , and He will deliver them.
21 Thus the
LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in
that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a
vow to the LORD and perform it.
22 The LORD
will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He
will respond to them and will heal them.
23 In that
day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come
into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with
In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a
blessing in the midst of the earth,
25 whom the
LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the
work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance."
Before 600 AD Egypt was a solid Christian nation, and a hub
for Christianity before Islam came.
Paul told the Athenians about the unknown God.
Acts 17:24-28 (NASB)
24 "The God
who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth,
does not dwell in temples made with hands;
25 nor is He
served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to
all people life and breath and all things;
26 and He
made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth,
having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him,
though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him
we live and move and exist , as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we
also are His children.'
God made man inhabit the whole earth, He determines the
times set for them being intimately involved in their history. He determined
the exact places where they should live. The Satare people in Brazil have
carved doves into many wood pieces in their building because they believe a dove
led them to the area they settled in. This opened the door to share the
Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit for a YWAMer on outreach. Mankind
needs to seek God for his survival in coping with hardship. The way
culture is created is by human beings coping with their environment.
God made every nation, Greek is ethne or ethnos,
these are people groups, not political entities, but languages and cultures.
Ta ethne means all people groups. There are 54 minority people groups in
China, the smallest is about 10 million people.
Matthew 24:14 (NASB) This gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end
There are 300 people groups in Indonesia, 85% of the
Christians there are Chinese, so there is much work to do with the other people
Romans 1:18-20 (NASB)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal
power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what
has been made, so that they are without excuse.
God has been involved with all people, men suppress the
truth they know by their wickedness and the truth is not passed on.
There is no perfect culture in the world today.
Through creation God has made clear to all peoples all that can be known about
Him. God’s invisible qualities, eternal power, and divine nature.
This is general revelation. However, all our view of God and creation are
incomplete. We see through a glass dimly (I Corinthians 13:12). God
is too great to be contained in one culture. What is God’s ultimate
purpose? Some will stand before God from
every tribe, nation, and tongue (Revelation 5:9-10). Christ has purchased
humans from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
Revelation 7:9-10 (NASB)
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which
no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and
tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes,
and palm branches were in their hands;
10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our
God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
Revelation 5 and 7 have the same phrase. Salvation
belongs to our God (Jonah 2:9). Eph. 5:27 talks about the church, the
bride of Christ, having no spot or wrinkle, a complete bride from every people.
Great missions song, Our Heart by John Chisum and
George Searcy sung by Bob Fitts.
Our heart our desire
Is to see the nations worship
Our cry our prayer
Is to sing Your praise to the ends of the earth
That with one mighty voice
Evey tribe and tongue rejoices
Our heart our desire
Is to see the nations worship You
Your mercy showers down upon all people
Every race upon this earth
May Your Spirit pierce the darkness
Break the chains of death upon us
Let us rise in honest worship
To declare Your matchless worth
There is no power that for one hour
Can withstand the greatness
Of Your Word on tongues of faith
So we're bold in intercession
Praying now that every heart will bow
Before You Lord in praise in praise
Our heart our desire
Is to see the nations worship You
© 1993 Integrity's Hosanna!/Integrity's Praise! Music
Getting the Big Picture
Most Christians are puzzled by their Bible. How does
one book relate to the others? What is
the big picture? Introduction
Genesis chapters 1-11, story
Genesis chapter 12 and the book of Jude, conclusion Revelation
Genesis 1:26 (NASB) Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our
image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and
over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Proto evangelicum (the first time in Scripture where
the promise of a Savior is given)
Genesis 3:14-16 (NASB)
LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more
than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will
go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between
your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise
him on the heel."
16 To the woman He said, "I will greatly
multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet
your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you."
A covenant with all flesh (Noah and the rainbow)
Genesis 9:8-17 (NASB)
Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying,
behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants
10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the
cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark,
even every beast of the earth.
establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by
the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the
God said, "This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me
and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive
13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a
covenant between Me and the earth.
14 "It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that
the bow will be seen in the cloud,
and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every
living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to
destroy all flesh.
the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting
covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the
17 And God said to
Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and
all flesh that is on the earth." .
Genesis 10 and 11 describes what is known as the Table of
Nations, with seventy nations listed. The Jews were Semites.
Chapters 1-10 of Genesis are a bit condensed then chapter 11 backs up in time.
How many books are in Heaven? We know about the Lambs Book of Life.
What about the register of the peoples?
Psalms 87:4-7 (NASB)
I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and
Tyre with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.' "
5 But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and
that one were born in her"; And the Most High Himself will establish her.
6 The LORD
will count when He registers the peoples, "This one was born there."
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives
Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)
and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you;
and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name
great; and so you shall be a blessing;
3 and I will bless those who bless you, and the
one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will
Genesis 18:16-18 repeats the Abrahamic covenant.
Genesis 22:16-18 gives the strongest promise God can make swearing by His own
name. Again, the covenant is reiterated. Genesis 26:1-4 God tells
Isaac about The Promise. Genesis 28:11-14 God tells Jacob repeating the
Promise to the next generation. Jerusalem is strategic real estate, the
center. The Promise is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 16:8-31, especially note vv. 8,
23,24,29 and 31. 2 Kings 19:17-19
and Psalm 67. With every top line blessing comes a bottom line
responsibility. God blesses us so that all the earth may fear the Lord.
Isaiah 25:6-7 (NASB)
Now there is a veil but the Lord will be revealed to the nations, all the
nations. The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on
this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined ,
And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all
peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations.
This reminded me of 2 Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NASB)
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so
that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is
the image of God.
Isaiah 61:11 (NASB)For as the earth brings forth
its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the
Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all
Zechariah 8:20-23 (NASB)
20 Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'It will yet be that peoples will
come, even the inhabitants of many cities.
21 'The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, "Let us go
at once to entreat the favor of the
LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will also go."
22 'So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the
LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the
23 "Thus says the
LORD of hosts, 'In those days ten men from all the nations will
grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that
God is with you.""'
This is why the Jews were chosen in the first place to
bring the other nations of the earth to the Lord.
Malachi 1:11 (NASB)"For from the rising of the sun even to
its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place
incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure;
for My name will be great among the nations," says the LORD of hosts.
Mark 11:17 (NASB) And He began to teach and say to them, "Is
it not written,
'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS'?
But you have made it a ROBBERS'
DEN." [Quotation from Isaiah 56:7]
Luke 24:44-49 (NASB)
He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with
you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the
Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."
45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46 and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would
suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed
in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 "You are witnesses of these things.
49 "And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon
you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on
Then we have a peak of the end of history for all the
Revelation 5:9 (NASB) And they sang* a new song,
saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were
slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and
people and nation.
A key that opens the door to biblical understanding of the
big picture is seeing the Abrahamic covenant. Do a test on biblical
passages, for example the Ten Commandments. The first four deal with our
relationship with God. Another example, Jesus gives the greatest
Luke 10:25-37 (NASB)
25 And a lawyer
stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit
26 And He said
to him, "What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?"
And he answered,
"YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL,
AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
YOURSELF." [Quotation from Deuteronomy 6:5]
28 And He said to him, "You have
DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE."
[Quotation from Leviticus 18:5]
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my
30 Jesus replied and
said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers,
and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.
31 "And by chance a priest was
going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 "Likewise a Levite also,
when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 "But a Samaritan, who was on a
journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,
34 and came to him and bandaged up his
wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast,
and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 "On the next day he took out two
denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever
more you spend, when I return I will repay you.'
36 "Which of these three do you think
proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?"
37 And he said, "The one who showed
mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."
You might ask where is the cross cultural or all peoples
emphasis of blessing? The good Samaritan. John 3:16, God does love
the world. We see the promise.
Acts 2:39 (NASB) "For the promise is for you and your
children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to
Acts 26:7 (NASB) the promise to which our twelve
tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for
this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.
Romans 4:13-14,16,20 (NASB)
13 For the
promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was
not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
14 For if those
who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified;
16 For this
reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with
grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only
to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of us all,
20 yet, with
respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in
faith, giving glory to God,
Romans 9:8-9 (NASB)
That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of
God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.
9 For this is the word of promise: "AT
THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON." [Quotation from
Galatians 3:17,19,29 (NASB)
What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and
thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God,
so as to nullify the promise.
Why the Law then? It was added
because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of
a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.
29 And if you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.
Ephesians 2:12 (NASB) remember that you were at that
time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and
strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the
Ephesians 3:6 (NASB) to be specific, that the
Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers
of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
2 Timothy 1:1 (NASB) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the
will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
Hebrews 11:11 (NASB) By faith even Sarah herself
received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she
considered Him faithful who had promised.
The heart of evangelism and missions
Jesus gives these last words to His disciples in the Great
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has
been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am
with you always , even to the end of the age."
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NASB)
19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to
all, so that I may win more.
the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the
Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win
those who are under the Law;
those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of
God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.
22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have
become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.
23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become
a fellow partaker of it. ) We are to work at developing effective
Our heart motivation in missions:
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NASB)
14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that
one died for all, therefore all died;
He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but
for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Going where there is not a church.
Romans 15:20-21 (NASB)
20 And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was
already named, so that I would not build on another man's foundation;
21 but as it is written,
"THEY WHO HAD NO NEWS OF HIM SHALL SEE, AND THEY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD SHALL
UNDERSTAND." [Quotation from Isaiah 52:15]
The last frontier in world missions
A frontier is the farthermost
limits, beyond or at the edge. This is known as World A, made up of
unreached people groups. Over 60% can’t read or write. Most prefer
oral communication. Over 80% of them, don’t understand English.
Unreached people -- 24% of the world's population -- receive
1/2 of 1% of dollars given to Christian missions
Unevangelized World -- 43% of the world's population --
receives 5% of dollars given to Christian missions
Christian World -- 33% of the world's population -- receives
94.5% of dollars given to Christian missions
Evangelization by Worlds A, B, and C
World C 1,999,564,000
World B 2,426,110,000
World A 1,629,375,000
World C countries 141
World B countries 59
World A "unreached" countries 38
$5 out of $100 given by Christians for ministry goes to
missions and out of that 5 cents goes to mission work in the unreached world.
Missions statistics from the places of the 10/40 Window:
Center of population: Two-thirds of the world's population
-- more than 3.2 billion people -- live in the 10/40 Window.
Unreached and unevangelized: 95% of the people living in
the 10/40 Window are unevangelized. Many
have never heard the Gospel message even once. There
are either no Christians or not enough of a Christian movement in many cultures
of the 10/40 Window to carry out evangelism. If
those groups are to be evangelized, believers will need to leave their own
culture to enter another where they will seek to plant the Gospel.
Cross-cultural evangelism is required
because there are people groups with no church movements that are understandable
or relevant to them.
World religions: Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are centered
within the 10/40 Window.
Least evangelized cities: Half of the world's least
evangelized cities are in this window. 1.8
billion people have not heard the Gospel one time. For the same amount of
witnessing, prayer, time, and money in North America there are 22 new believers,
in S. America 50 new believers, in Mongolia 1000 new believers, Kazakhstan 2000
new believers, and in Saudi Arabia there could be 6,500 new believers.
Media in Missions
Media can accelerate all stages of church growth and
transformation. It can be used in evangelism, discipleship, training
leaders, church planting, and seeing whole societies transformed. Media
combined with human interaction is one of the most effective means of
communication. Consider your audience, who they are, where they are, what
their needs are. Ask, how can I best meet the needs of my audience?
Missions web sites
and Carol Conkey are the founders and directors of Create International now
based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Be an online missionary with Global Media Outreach
Media, especially web design is a great way to evangelize
and disciple. Using PowerPoint is great way to teach. Using movies
can really move the heart.
Personal life mission statement
What is my unique contribution to God's plan for world
evangelization? Bring the Gospel to Thailand, share in hospital and
children's ministry, use English teaching, distribute Bibles and tracts, use
media especially web design, pioneer a YWAM base and plant and pastor a church.
What are some of my dreams and visions? To see Thailand become a Christian
nation with millions coming to faith in Christ. What do I believe is God's
highest aspiration for me? Preach the Gospel and equip others to do it,
and to become more Christ like.
What God is saying to me
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to do web design on
is great hope for Thailand because God loves the peoples of Thailand very much.
He very much wants them to come to know Him.
Praise God and stay busy communicating the Gospel.
Areas God has brought to my attention
God is at work around the world to bring people of all
nations, tongues, and tribes to Himself. I was convicted about my lack of faith
in trusting God to change the world and in providing the huge amounts some
families needed for outreach.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all
would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)
For God so loved the world (John 3:16).
He loves all people.
But He also loves each individual and desires each individual to be in
relationship with Him regardless of their family or nation.
The idea that a group must come to know Christ, rather than
an individual, in order for one to make it in Christ, is entirely un-Biblical.
Keeping in mind that many have accepted
Christ when hearing the message of salvation in a group forum, Paul wrote in
Acts 13:48 "And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the
word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." Think
of the example of Noah, the disciples and many others who stood outside the
masses and yet remained faithful. Jesus said:
35 "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and
the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of
me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not
worthy of me."
32 "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I
confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny
before my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 10: 21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother
to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their
parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for
my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved."
To endure means having the power
to finish--which comes from resting in Christ.
It was not based on group discussion or consensus, or a family discussion
whether "they should do it.". It
was based on God drawing individuals to Himself.
John 6:65 Jesus said, "And he said, Therefore said I unto
you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father."
Romans 9:15-16, 18
15 "For he
saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whom I will have compassion.
then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he
Our walk with Christ cannot be bound by who walks with us,
or, who rejects or hates us.
Acceptance of Christ and spiritual growth are dominated by
what Jesus taught.
18 “Hear ye
therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any
one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the
wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.
20 This is he
which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into
stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth
Yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while: for when
tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the
word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he
that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a
hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
What McGavran was promoting was
reconstructionist/dominionist theology which we've shown to be part of far too
many lives. The concept of a
'culturally relevant' message incorporates pagan practices into Christianity.
In other words, the culturally relevant gospel is not the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. If indeed it was necessary
to change the gospel and make it 'culturally relevant' then we would have to
conclude that a Biblically simple message of salvation would never be accepted
in various cultures. However, that theology is easily disproved by "God's
Simple Plan of Salvation," a tract which has been distributed
worldwide in 112 languages. Over
540,000,000 copies have been distributed by the year 2000, with wonderful
testimonies as a result.
This is an excerpt from chapter 5 of my book
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Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible®
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1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.
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Profiles in Evangelism, “William
Carey.” Murfreesboro, TN:
Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1976. pgs.
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Profiles in Evangelism.
“Hudson Taylor.” Murfreesboro,
TN: Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1976.