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Gospel

All of the missionary endeavors throughout the centuries of church history are like rivers cutting across the landscape called time. Wherever they might twist and turn as they rush and roll throughout the face of the earth, they all eventually pour out into the ocean of the renown of Jesus. All the movements of missions are leading to the global glory of a Man. This Man – the Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5) - is the message that drives the mission. 

The “go” of missions is the beautiful first leap where one forsakes what is known to forge into an unknown land so that Jesus might come to be known there. Yet this glorious “going” must soon turn into a “saying” or the mission has just become moving. What distinguishes missions from an international relocation program is this issue of proclamation. From the apostolic era until today, the word that flies as the banner over this heralding is GOSPEL – the good news. 

We may motivate this generation to go, and motivate them we must, but what will they actually say to people when they get there? What forms that sharp blade of truth that cuts to the heart of a man (Acts 2:37) and cuts all of mankind asunder – dividing between everlasting salvation and everlasting contempt? What is the Gospel, how is it believed, and what are the real consequences?

The Good in Gospel

June 24, 2016 By Stephen Venable in What is the Gospel?

The gospel, of course, literally refers to “good news”. Yet what is “good” about it? Who defines that goodness? Some have taken this idea of good news and concluded that if a message doesn’t sound or feel appealing to an unbeliever, then it must not be the real gospel, for the gospel is supposed to be good news to people who hear it. Thus, from this perspective, it is the man in Indonesia or the woman in Oman who is determining whether the missionary is actually a herald of good news or not.  Consider the following passage:

Becoming a Voice

February 22, 2016 By Brian Kim in Preaching with Power

In my experience every twenty-year-old thinks the world revolves around him or her, and it’s not something you can just shake them out of. It takes time. It takes pruning, rebuking, and, like John the Baptist, years spent in a wilderness. “And the child continued to grow and become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.” Luke 1:80

Miracles and Mission - Part 3

August 25, 2015 By Stephen Venable in Preaching with Power

Isolating two particular scenes from the portion of the book of Acts referenced in the previous post will allow us to see the value and the limitation of miracles in frontier missions. Alhough they do it from very different vantage points, both stories actually lead to the deeper truth behind God’s design for signs and wonders.

Miracles and Mission - Part 2

August 20, 2015 By Stephen Venable in Preaching with Power

But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the nations, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the nations may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.

Pure Gospel

April 30, 2015 By Stephen Venable in What is the Gospel?

The proclamation of the ‘good news’ is not primarily the forgiveness of sins, but the declaration that Jesus Christ is Lord and will establish the kingdom of God at His return. Related specifically to Pauline thought, it has been observed:

The Judgment Seat

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. 2 Corinthians 5:10-11

Are They Unreached?

April 30, 2015 By Stephen Venable in Hell and Salvation

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:18–20

THE PROMISE OF POWER

April 10, 2015 By Brian Kim in Preaching with Power

For those who seek to obey the Lord’s commands of the Great Commission, there is power promised for them. He promises dynamis power when we testify of Him. “But you will receive power [Gr. dynamis] when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” -Acts 1:8. This dynamis power He promises to us is the same power Jesus embodied on earth by which He healed the sick, casted out demons, and resurrected the dead.

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