Take the “missionary test”?

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 Model for Ministry

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

Wait for a dramatic “call”? or just start serving God?

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?

Discouragement in missions?

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?

Dice, prayer and missions

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