Communicate the gospel to others

To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Saviour and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his Church and responsible service in the world. – Lausanne Covenant

The Bible’s overriding purpose throughout is to bear witness to Christ, to proclaim the goon news that He is Lifegiver and Lord and to share that story to people so that they may trust Him.

We find Jesus, as our Lord, demanding total allegiance. In fact, some first-century Jews saw the gospel as undermining Judaism.

“Fellow Israelites, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place; more than that, he has actually brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” – Acts 21:28

First-century Romans also feared for the stability of the state, since in their view the Christian missionaries were being disloyal to Caesar and advocating customs which were not lawful for Romans to practice.

And are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe. And Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus. – Acts 16:21;17:7

Still today Jesus challenges many of the cherished beliefs and customs of every culture and society.

The apostle Paul remains a great example of one whom Jesus first stripped of pride in his own cultural privileges and then taught to adapt to the cultures of others, making himself their slave.

For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law.  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law.  To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

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Core identity

Moved by the love of Christ, we seek ways of living and serving that fit who God has made us and that allow us to carry out our purpose with full integrity and wisdom —

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.[a]  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:5-6

 

 

 

Our Core Identity

 

Core Mandate

The mandate to bless the nations began with Abraham.  God’s promise to bless all nations through Abraham provides the biblical foundation and the proper heart attitude for ministry.

“Blessings” refers to God’s gracious favour and power bestowed on those who respond to Him by faith.  The blessing so His favour draws us into relationship with Himself, resulting in peace, well-being and salvation.

In Christ, we discover the demonstration of God’s liberating power,  Paul highlights the relational and powerful dimensions of blessing in Christ most explicitly in Galatians.

Implicit in the Abrahamic blessing, we find our mandate as well as our message.

 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.” – Galatians 3:8

Our core message of the blessing which is in Christ aligns with our core mandate to bring Christ’s blessing to all nations.

Followers of Jesus in every country

Every human being who has a physical or spiritual need is a valid mission field for those who want to incarnate the love of Jesus, regardless of where they live.  At the same time, it is easy to see where the greatest concentrations of this unevangelised population lie.

This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come. – Matthew 24:14 

Just in terms of these five nations — Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and China — the challenge we face in ministries like the one I am with, Partners International, and many other mission ministries, is the opportunity of reaching them.

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Willing to be lonely

The unoccupied fields of the world await those who are willing to be lonely for the sake of Christ.  To the pioneer missionary the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to the apostles when He showed them His hands and His feet come with special force —

Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you [as My representatives].” – John 20:21

He came into the world and it was a great unoccupied mission field.

 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. – John 1:11

He came and His welcome was derision, His life, suffering, His throne, and the Cross.

The pioneer missionary, in overcoming obstacles and difficulties, has the privilege not only knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection, but also something of the fellowship of His suffering.  For the people of Tibet or Somaliland, Mongolia or Afghanistan, Arabia or Nepal, the Sudan or Abyssinia, they may be called to say with Paul —

Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf. And with my own body I [a]supplement whatever is lacking [on our part] of Christ’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, which is the church. – Colossians 1:24

What is it but the glory of the impossible!

For the ambition to reach out from centres already occupied to regions beyond, even when those very centres are undermanned and in need of reinforcement, is not Quixotic or fantastic, but truly apostolic.

Accordingly I set a goal to preach the gospel, not where Christ’s name was already known, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but [instead I would act on this goal] as it is written [in Scripture], 

They who had no news of Him shall see,
And they who have not heard [of Him] shall understand.” – Romans 15:20-21

Paul wrote this when leaving a city as important as Corinth, and goes on to state that this is the reason he did not yet visit Rome, but that he hopes to do so on his way to Spain.

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To make Christ known

Paul’s ambition was born from his understanding that God longed for His Son to be glorified in the nations.

I minister as a priest the gospel of God, in order that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable [to Him], sanctified [made holy and set apart for His purpose] by the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:16

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Bold prayer without being presumptuous

In many cases God allows an even greater witness for His glory in which God displays His own favour, as He did in the case of Stephen, whose last words repeated Christ’s last words of forgiveness.

If we are going to pray, we need to pray with zeal for the glory of God, then a deep compassion desiring the well-being of the people.  And then with Esther’s attitude, we leave the rest up to God.

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