Mission Matters

The Centrality of the Word to Mission

The central promise of world missions in the teaching of Jesus concerns the spreading of the Word: “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24.14). In his parable about sowing, Jesus said, “The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11).  When he prayed for the future mission of his disciples, he said, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word” (John 17:20). And after his resurrection in his risen lordship over the mission of his church, he continued to exalt the Word: “The Lord…bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by [the apostles’] hands” (Acts 14:3).

As the Christian movement spread, Luke repeatedly described its growth as the growth of the word of God. “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem” (Acts 6:7).  “The word of God increased and multiplied” (Acts 12:24).  “The word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region” (Acts 13:49).  “The word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily” (Acts 19:20).

This is why I am jealous to say that the proclamation of the gospel is “the work of missions.”  It is the weapon that God designed to use in penetrating the kingdom of darkness and gathering the children of light from all the nations (Acts 26:16-18).  His whole redemptive plan for the universe hangs on the success of his Word. If the proclamation of the Word aborts, the purposes of God fail.

John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad, p. 64, 65.

The Centrality of Prayer to Mission

(…and to seeing God at work in Scoland again)

 

 

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2 responses

18 02 2010
allanmckinnon

I love St Andrews as a town and this video takes me there but its message is more important than the excellent presentation.

7 07 2010
Celka Bowden

I love St Andrews as a town and this video takes me there but its message is more important than the excellent presentation.
+1

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