Theology

Why Old Testament Survey is Important for Missionaries

OT SurveyThere are three principal reasons that Old Testament Survey is important for missionaries and all Christians. First, the Old Testament makes up the first 3/4ths of the Bible. Second, the Old Testament was the Bible of Jesus and the apostles. Third, the Old Testament is about Jesus. The first two of these assertions are beyond dispute, the last, however, deserves some explanation.

Clearly the New Testament is about the person and work of Jesus Christ. Equally clear, however, is that Jesus declared to the Pharisees in John 5:39,

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.

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New Testament Survey for Missionaries

nt-survey-vanesteNew Testament (NT) Survey is important for missionaries simply because missionaries need to know the Bible. The people we are going to do not need us. They need Jesus. And they will meet Jesus in His word. If we reach the furthest tribe, cross many rivers, climb the highest mountains, suffer many trials, and even give our bodies to be burned but bring not Jesus, we are nothing. We go because people need to hear from God. For this to happen we must know the Bible. In fact, missionaries need to be bible-saturated people. We will need the Bible to give us the message we preach, to teach us our methods, to feed our own souls, and to give us guidance, courage, and comfort. More

Training Missionaries in Biblical Theology

doug-goodin-biblical-theologyWhen missionaries go into an unreached place, everyone understands their primary goal. They want to see people converted to Jesus Christ. They preach the gospel; they call their hearers to find forgiveness in the cross. But in most cases, conversion is not the end of their task. Converts need to become disciples, they need to learn how to love and obey Jesus. While the examples of the missionaries themselves play an important role, the chief path to maturity comes from the Scriptures. That, in my opinion, is why missionaries should be trained in Biblical Theology. More

The Value of Acts in Mission Today

Acts IM2 copyAs I had the privilege of leading the Missionary Trainees of To Every Tribe through the book of Acts I was once again reminded why it has played such a vital role in the lives of missionaries both now and throughout history.

In Acts, Luke recounts the powerful movement of God in which we see a band of 120 disciples gathered to pray in an upper room in Jerusalem mobilized to “turn the world upside down” with the saving power of the gospel. This is all set off by Jesus’ final words to the apostles just before ascending to heaven, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth,” (Acts 1:8). It is these words then that drive this narrative which covers about thirty years of history. More

The Global Gospel

Global GospelWhy missions?

Why go somewhere geographically hard to reach to tell people that might want to kill you about a God they want nothing to do with? I think it’s a good honest question. Unless there is more to the story, that sounds like a pretty bad idea. There is a phrase we like to use around here at To Every Tribe: “Jesus is worth it.” It’s true. Jesus is worth dying the most gruesome death by the most hateful people. But why put ourselves in a situation where that would be necessary? I would gladly take a bullet for my wife or girls, but I am not actively seeking a scenario where I would need to, nor would I be a better husband or father if I did.

So still I ask, why foreign missions? Sure Jesus is worth dying for… Is missions worth dying for? Why missions to hard to reach places? Is that different or better than evangelism in our own American cities? Can’t we just be content with making a whole lot of disciples here? Why all the attention on the yet unreached peoples worshipping Christ too? More

The Picture of Unity

the-picture-of-unity-bularWhether you are a member of a local church or a cross-cultural missionary, we all must hold to one essential truth from the Word of God. The truth is that we must be a unified body of believers. This holds true if we are a church member in America or if we are 10,000 miles away working on a church planting team in the jungles.

We can see from the book of Ephesians and especially from Ephesians chapter 4:1-16 that the Apostle Paul is very concerned about the unity of the church. As Christians, we must be unified because unity is one of the outward ways in which we demonstrate Christ to the lost world. If we are disunifed and fighting with one another, the lost world will see the wrong picture of Christ. We can see from several passages in the Bible that we serve a unified triune God. As His image-bearers we must try to replicate this unity as best we can. More

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