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What I Read Online – 08/28/2013 (a.m.)

28 Aug
    • At the most basic level, a missionary is someone who has been sent.
    • Every Christian–if we are going to be obedient to the Great Commission–must be involved in missions, but not every Christian is a missionary
      • New converts – “when they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples” (v. 21)
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      • New communities – “And when they had appointed elders for them in every church” (v. 23)
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      • Nurtured churches – “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith” (v. 22).
    • On the one hand, we want to avoid the danger of making our mission too small. Some well-meaning Christians act like conversion is the only thing that counts. They put all their efforts into getting to the field as quickly as possible, speaking to as many people as possible, and then leaving as soon as possible. Mission becomes synonymous with pioneer evangelism.
    • On the other hand, we want to avoid the danger of making our mission to broad. Some well-meaning Christians act like everything counts as mission. They put all their efforts into improving job skills, lowering unemployment, digging wells, setting up medical centers, establishing great schools, and working for better crop yields—all of which are important and can be a wonderful expression of Christian love, but aren’t what we see Paul and Barnabas sent out to do on their mission in Acts.
    • Those currently serving as missionaries should consider whether Paul’s priorities are their priorities.
    • We should aim with our missions budget to support missionaries who have for their goals the things we see in Acts 14:21-23.
    • ou should consider whether God is calling you to be engaged in this work, should the church be willing to send you out
    • Every decision you make is an opportunity to be a mirror, reflecting the goodness of your Maker. Each second is an chance to be a monitor, showcasing snapshots of His glory.  And when those around us catch glimpses of that goodness, we get to tell them that our light is only a dim reflection of His.

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