Dec 10, 2013
Oct 8, 2013
"A fundamental reason the church should be missional is because her God is missional. He is a missionary God. The Father chooses and gives to the Son (Jn 10:29) who redeems and the Father through the Son sends the Spirit to apply the blessings of the age to come, won by the Son for his sheep. Then the Son commissions those sheep to gather in the scattered exiles, all in anticipation of the renewal of the cosmos (Rom 8). God is a missionary God. It is not so much that God's church has a mission but that God's mission has a church. Mission was not made for the church but the church was made for God's mission. God sends the church because he is already on a mission. 'The church does not simply have a missions department; it should wholly exist to be a mission.' The covenant community is the instrument of the mission of God." (Blake White)
Further references by Blake:
-Total Church (Chester, Timmis)
-Worship and Mission (Kreider and Kreider)
-The Essence of the Church (Van Gelder)
-Salvation to the Ends of the Earth (Kostenberger and O'Brien)
-The Character of Theology (Franke)
-The Mission of God (Wright)
-Center Church (Keller)
at 9:41 AM
Oct 3, 2013
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"According to my research, the best estimates indicated that in the entire nation of Somalia (with a population of seven million people) there were only enough followers of Jesus to perhaps fill the pews of one small country church like we had back home in Kentucky."
"I saw no separation or distinction between accepting Christ and surrendering my whole life to Him to do what He wanted me to do."
"How is it, I wondered, that so many people are willing to die for financial or humanitarian reasons while many Christian groups insist on waiting until it is safe to obey Jesus’ command to “Go” into all the world?"
"When they asked me the same question about when I had received my call, I looked around the meeting room and simply said, “I read Matthew 28.” They thought that maybe I had misunderstood the question. They patiently explained that a special calling was required before someone could go out into the world and do this kind of work. I was not trying to be clever or disrespectful, but I responded, “No, you don’t understand. I read Matthew 28 where Jesus told his followers, ‘GO!’ So I’m here trying to go.”
“Serving God is not a matter of location, but a matter of obedience.”
"I assured him that we felt called by God to do that very thing. “We realize, of course, that the Somalis aren’t very receptive to the gospel,” I felt the need to remind him. In response, this seemingly mild-mannered, professorial-looking diminutive scholar literally leapt up out of his chair so fast that papers scattered. I thought that he might fly across his desk at me as he demanded: “How dare you say that the Somalis are not responsive to the gospel when so many of them have never heard the gospel or been given the opportunity to respond!”
"I had to work hard to remember that neither Islam nor Muslims were the real enemy here. Lostness was the enemy."
"Still, despite the fact that most Somali followers of Christ were either killed or fled the country, we stayed because we were convinced that Jesus was still there."
"We finally arrived at a small Russian village and stopped in front of a tiny dwelling. Dmitri opened the door and graciously welcomed us into his tiny home. “I want you to sit here,” he instructed me. “This was where I was sitting when the authorities came to arrest me and send me to prison for seventeen years.”
"He said that his isolation from the Body of Christ was more difficult than even the physical torture."
at 8:17 AM