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What I Read Online – 05/18/2012 (p.m.)

19 May
    • I eventually went to Oxford and studied there for three years, thinking that I would return to teaching in a high school afterward. Needless to say, the Lord had other plans and for the last 20 years has opened up various opportunities for me to teach the Bible to women of different ages and stages—mostly in local church contexts.
    • The Grand Mufti, Saudi’s highest Islamic authority, was in nearby Kuwait, supporting legislative attempts to eliminate the churches there. He invoked an ancient hadith, an official Islamic teaching, that “there are not to be two religions in the Peninsula” and concluded, “Kuwait is a part of the Arabian Peninsula and therefore it is necessary to destroy all the churches in it.”
    • But the best way to reach the nations is to build healthy churches where Christians are growing and increasingly motivated to reach out with the good news.
    • Church buildings are indeed “soft targets” in this part of the world. They stand out like a sore thumb. But that’s the idea—a city set on a hill, a visible community of people who know Christ and live in countercultural obedience, serving the people and investing in relationships for the long run. The local people here typically appreciate genuine Christians, and many of them are interested in learning more about Christ. We want to be as public as we can be.
    • The opportunities for gospel advancement afforded by vibrant church life in unreached areas far outweigh any risk. Realistically, Western believers who affect the local people with the gospel will probably face only threats or deportation, though some, like Joel Shrum in Yemen, will be murdered. The indigenous people who follow Christ will suffer more. But even if Arabia gets more hostile, even if believers begin shedding more blood for the sake of the kingdom, Christ is worthy of being proclaimed—especially to people who have not yet responded to him.
    • The church is the ordained instrument for reaching the nations, and any missions strategy that forsakes the existing church is misguided. Don’t think of frontier missions as only one-on-one, cloak-and-dagger evangelism. The church is already here, publicly making inroads among the local people.
    • When Samuel Zwemer came to Bahrain in 1890, what was the first thing he did? He established a church—consisting of the believers on his team—and began reaching out to the locals with the good news.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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