The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.
A missions conference is a church in a Business Meeting deciding the fate of the heathen.
The problem in missions is basically spiritual: we dont see the heathen, we dont hear their cry, we dont open our mouths, and we dont unfold our wallets.
The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.
If every Christian is already considered a missionary, then all can stay put where they are, and nobody needs to get up and go anywhere to preach the gospel. But if our only concern is to witness where we are, how will people in unevangelized areas ever hear the gospel? The present uneven distribution of Christians and opportunities to hear the gospel of Christ will continue on unchanged.
I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages --- villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world.
All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
We are not over-loaded, we are under-burdened.
Lord, enable us to search our hearts and humble ourselves before Thee. Oh, for a closer walk with God, more faith, more sincerity, more earnestness, and more love. I must study more the Word of God. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you. The Master said so, and His words are true.
Exporting Church employees to Latin America masks a universal and unconscious fear of a new Church. North and South American authorities, differently motivated but equally fearful, become accomplices in maintaining a clerical and irrelevant Church. Sacralizing employees and property, this Church becomes progressively more blind to the possibilities of Sacralizing person and community.
People would have loved to have had contact with foreign missionaries in 1902. But it was real difficult to come back once you got there. Now you can go to a mission (trip) in Honduras and get back by the end of the month.
Just one life. This is all any one of us has to offer. How can it be used for the greatest glory of God and the greatest blessing to men? How can we be as useful as possible and as effective as possible as Christians?
I was left alone on the veranda with a Chinese neighbor who said in a low voice, Just why are you here in this rough-living country? He expected me to smirk in a manner that would show him I was in the opium business too, in secret. But I looked at him earnestly and answered, For the love of One who loves you. And then I told him of Christ. He said nothing, but backed away with amazement and awe on his face.
The Chinese have a proverb: If two men feed a horse, it will lose weight; if two men keep a boat, it will soon leak. What is everybodys job is nobodys job. If every Christian is a missionary, missionary work is bound to suffer. It is correct to say that every Christian is, or should be, a witness. It is not correct to say that every Christian is a missionary.
Missions is primarily intentional cross-cultural evangelism beyond the immediate outreach of the local church. Its aim is to bring the un-reached to saving faith in Jesus Christ, to disciple them and to incorporate them into the fellowship of an existing or newly-planted local assembly of believers. Adjunct ministries, to be considered missions should demonstrate their commitment to evangelism, discipleship and church planting/church growth.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
The Anti-Slavery public have generously responded to our appeal, and sent the means to enable us to fit them out well, to pay their passages, supply them with many useful articles and give the Missionaries money to sustain themselves for a while.
A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.
I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.
The mission of the church is missions.
It is the whole business of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.
I feel it my duty to plod on while daylight last.
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