A great overview of the Biblical foundations for, history of, challenges to, and methodology employed in walking in obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations.
Biblically sound and generally discerning (although I would have appreciated a more thorough critique of CPM methodology and philosphies), I’m including this on our teams recommended reading list. Especially helpful for supporting churches who want to know what is involved in “missions” as well as the aspiring full-time missionary.
Here are a few selected quotes:
Jesus’ Great Commission command to “make disciples of all nations” is for the whole church, so the whole church needs to understand the why and how of missions.
All too often Christians treat the Bible as a random collection of sayings and commands, with some unconnected stories thrown into the mix. Different parts of the mix are then drawn out, interpreted, and applied without any real reference to the whole. Instead, the Bible should be regarded as a connected narrative, and each part should be interpreted in light of how it fits into the entire story. This story is absolutely true and absolutely definitive for our understanding of reality.
Early missionaries also understood that discipleship best takes place in the context of local churches.
Missionaries may do more than church planting— agriculture, teaching, medicine— but all of the other activities should move toward church planting. Even short-term missions should work alongside missionaries or existing churches with a view toward evangelism that results in new congregations.