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Jesus is everything. He is not just everything to missions, but to all things. All things were created by Jesus. In Jesus all things consist and are upheld. All things were created for Jesus. The heavens and the earth exist for His glory and for His pleasure, and at the heart of all that God does is the goal of Christ having preeminence in all things.

Above everything and anything else, ACTS Research is about Jesus, because Jesus is central and supreme in every facet of missions. Jesus is the One who sends missionaries into the harvest, Jesus is the substance of the message which missionaries preach, Jesus is the One who saves those who respond in faith to the proclamation of the gospel, the worship of Jesus is the ultimate goal of their conversion, conformity to Jesus is the goal of the sanctification of every disciple made in the nations, and Jesus is the Judge who will destroy those who do not turn to Him. 

All of this means that even more important than missionaries knowing about missions, is missionaries knowing about Jesus. Inspiration, endurance, and effectiveness in the mission are all dependent upon the depth of the knowledge of the Man. To become experts on strategies and methodologies of mission at the expense of the excellencies of the Man is like a betrothed bride becoming an expert on weddings but never getting to know the one she will soon marry. Jesus is the point, and if we miss Him or marginalize Him then we have gained nothing.

Our desire is that perhaps above anything else, this site would become a place where those being swept into the missions movement could find resources that cause them to stand in awe of the splendor of Jesus and love Him more. To see that missions is not an end but only a means will be the very thing that forges a tenacious conviction in the souls of men that missions must happen. "Jesus is worthy" will become the deafening, unyielding chant of a generation set on making the term "unreached people groups" obsolete.

Christology in a Muslim Context - Part 4

October 19, 2017 By Jesse Digges in Christology in Context

The idea that Jesus is God is not only absurd to a Muslim, but it is also the highest form of blasphemy. When you ask a Muslim to believe that Jesus is divine, from an Islamic perspective, you are basically asking them to purchase a one-way ticket to Hell. That is why this topic is the “stumbling block” in Muslim evangelism; it is the most offensive part of the gospel. The sin of shirk (to associate a creature with God) is the worst kind of sin that a Muslim can commit. Worse than murder. And for a Muslim to confess that Jesus is Lord is certainly shirk.

Christology in a Muslim Context - Part 3

When talking about Christology and missions in a Muslim context, we need to understand the Quran’s presentation of Jesus. This will help us to actually have dialogue with Muslims and use ideas they are familiar with as a means of bridging to the truth of the biblical revelation of Christ.  Muslims will often say that they love Jesus and have more regard for him than Christians do. This is a way to gain a hearing, but it is also based on a Quranic presentation of Jesus which places him in an exalted position from other prophets. Joseph Lumbard in The Study Quran says:

Christology in a Muslim Context

June 13, 2016 By Jesse Digges in Christology in Context

Christology is the study of Christ: his person, nature, and work. For believers Christology crosses over to theology because Christ is God. If you are a missionary among Muslims you will begin to see, right away, that the things you hold dear about Jesus (that he is the divine Son of God, second person of the Trinity, and universal Lord who died on the cross for sins and then rose again after three days) are fundamentally denied by the core tenants of Islam. According to Islam, Jesus is actually a Muslim prophet who preached Islamic monotheism to the Israelites.

Heralds and Friends

John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven… He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:27-30

Jesus From Above

Where do you start with getting to know Jesus more? It might seem like the answer to that question would be straightforward: start with what is clear. If you begin with what is plain and comprehensible, then you could move from there toward the loftier truths about Him. Established firmly on the footholds of the humanity and historicity that are wrapped around His existence, we could then reach ever upward to understand the fullness of His identity. This methodology seems appealing and describes (in a very general way) the approach most frequently embraced by modern biblical scholarship.

He Stands Alone

April 29, 2015 By Brian Kim in Christology in Context

Every world religion has something to say about Jesus. Hinduism tells us that it’s okay to call him God, so long as we understand that he’s just one of more than 330 million other gods. Buddhism concedes that Jesus may be a source of truth, but to call him the Author of life (Acts 3:15) would be utterly confusing to the nontheistic worldview of Buddhists. Islam agrees that Jesus is certainly a prophet. But to call him the Son of God? That would go too far. So far, in fact, that it would warrant rioting in places like Malaysia. 

A Different Category

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

Getting Personal

One of the most important principles for growing in the truth about Jesus is to make it personal. In this context the contrast would not be impersonal, but rather conceptual. Since our eyes cannot see Him right now, the propensity is for Jesus to subtly become a noble concept rather than a vividly real Person to our hearts and our minds. Sermons can be preached, songs can be sung, and entire books can written with many references to "Jesus" that lack a vital continuity to the glorious Identity that stands behind that name.

Seeking Treasure

In Ephesians 3:8, Paul says that he had been given the grace to "preach the unsearchable riches of Christ." To the church in Colossi he said that hidden in this Man who is the mystery of God are "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col 2:3). We must behold Jesus personally, and we must behold Him specifically. For these treasures of which the apostle speaks are hidden. They cannot be found merely by skimming the surface of New Testament language. Thus, you might say that we must behold Jesus thoroughly, or deeply.

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