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Overcoming the Barriers to Healthy Missions: The Culture Barrier

In cross-cultural contexts, missionaries must overcome a variety of obstacles before developing healthy, fruitful ministry. We will spend several weeks sharing a series of articles about these barriers and how to overcome them. For me, it’s strange to think of…

Overcoming the Barriers to Healthy Missions: Language

In cross-cultural contexts, missionaries must overcome a variety of obstacles before developing healthy, fruitful ministry. We will spend several weeks sharing a series of articles about these barriers and how to overcome them.   LANGUAGE 日本語を理解しますか? ¿Hablas español? Let’s face…

How to Pray for the Persecuted Church

Since the day of Pentecost and the beginnings of the Church, persecution against the Church has been a reality. Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death for his bold proclamation of the gospel. The apostles were threatened not to…

Sola Gratia: the Gospel of Global Missions

In order to obey the unfinished task we received from our Master—to make disciples of all nations—we need a sola gratia gospel. The message that God saves by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is the only gospel that brings people…

Sola Fide and the Mission of the Church

What is the Mission of the Church? Over the past several decades, this question has been a matter of considerable debate among Christians. Should the term “mission” be used exclusively to refer to the task of evangelism and disciple-making, or…

Sola Scriptura: the Foundation of Global Missions

Luther famously addressed the Diet of Worms in 1521, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” Indeed, central to the Reformation was the idea of sola scriptura, the idea that the Scriptures alone are authoritative and sufficient for…

Acts 13 and the Missionary Sending Church

What the Church Can Learn Today In Acts 13:1-3 we find the first record of a church recognizing, commissioning, and sending out missionaries. Saul and Barnabas are sent by the church in Antioch on what would become known as Paul’s…

How Should My Church Do Short-term Missions?

This article is part of a series on missions and the local church. We trust that this series will encourage both faithfulness to Christ’s bride and obedience to the bride’s mission. “How should my church do short-term missions?” Pastors, missions pastors, or…

Who Actually Sends Missionaries?

This article is part of a series on missions and the local church. We trust that this series will encourage both faithfulness to Christ’s bride and obedience to the bride’s mission. Do you remember the Machine Gun Preacher? Nothing says missions like…

5 Ways to Mobilize Your Church for Global Missions

This article is part of a series on missions and the local church. We trust that this series will encourage both faithfulness to Christ’s bride and obedience to the bride’s mission. When Christ commanded us to “make disciples of all nations,” he…

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