For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. —2 Corinthians 10:17 John Piper asks: So the utterly crucial question for many of you, as you have prayed and thought about giving your life, or … More Take the “missionary test”?
A commentary on our Bible reading for today, Acts 20:18-35, from D. A. Carson’s “For the Love of God” Volume 1, August 1— … I would like to draw attention to some of the features that characterized Paul’s ministry. (1) The most obvious is the fact that Paul perceived how he lived and served to … More A Model for Ministry
John Piper concludes a message from Acts 13:1-12 this way: God is a searching and saving God; that he is a God on a mission; he has straight paths that lead to faith; he is still sending us “to seek and to save the lost.” He is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is … More Piper: Launching pads for missions and straight paths of faith
Acts 11:17-18 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance … More Who am I to stand in God’s way?
God is sovereign and His Spirit leads us to the right opportunities for ministry. We see this in Acts 16:6-10…. Pastor Steven J. Cole comments: Opportunities come to those who are already serving, not to those who are doing nothing…..Sometimes people don’t serve the Lord because they’ve never experienced a dramatic “call” to ministry. But this … More Wait for a dramatic “call”? or just start serving God?
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. Psalm 22:27-28 Charles H. Spurgeon comments on verse 27 in The Treasury of David, In reading this verse one … More Messiah’s missionary spirit
If you were a missionary in a remote tribal jungle, where previous missionaries had been eaten by cannibals, and you had been praying and sharing the good news for years and yet few believed…how would you respond? Would you be discouraged? How about if your wife and newborn baby died, leaving you alone? Such was the … More Discouragement in missions?
Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless … More First missionary command?
In Acts 1 we have an unusual situation. The apostles have met and are deciding who should replace Judas, the betrayer of Jesus. Clearly, Jesus was the One who had chosen the 12. How should they choose a successor? They do two things: they pray and they cast lots. Hmm. In Proverbs 16:11 we read, … More Dice, prayer and missions
In a message, “Christ’s Purpose in Evangelism,” Dr. John Piper said: When Jesus looked into the future and predicted what would happen to his disciples, he said something very sobering, but also very encouraging. He said (in Luke 21:12–13), They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues … More God’s Evangelistic Strategy