Here are my articles from the past few days as well as 5 of the best articles I read this week.
From Earlier this Week at JeremyWallace.net
- Why Church Revitalization Efforts Fail
- An Acts 1:8 Understanding of Missions
- Grace for Every Race- Acts 10
- Weekly Highlights- August 26, 2017
5 of the Best Articles I Read this Week
Your church doesn’t have to wait for the perfect time or situation to get involved in global missions. This article from David Platt and Paul Akin explores five ways your church can get involved immediately. It originally appeared at 9Marks under the same title. It is used with permission.
Albert Mohler | The Priority of Preaching
Then Paul makes the point in verse 25 that the central purpose of ministry is the preaching of the Word. In the end, everything comes down to this. “Of this church, I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the Word of God” (emphasis added). The words “the preaching of” are not in the original language, but are inserted in some translations, and I believe that is a legitimate insertion. It is clear that what Paul means is that the ministry of the Word of God is achieved by the proclamation, the teaching, and the preaching of the Word of God.
Andy Johnson | Reach the Nations Through Your Job
This New Testament pattern continued with traders on the Silk Road, merchants to India, laborers to South America, and modern employees of multinational companies. For centuries Christians have spread the gospel when other factors like employment have moved them around the world.
David Sills | The Missionary Call
When people share what they believe their missionary calling to be, I love to ask, “Where did you go on your first mission trip?” It is common to meet people who feel called to the place where they went on their first mission trip. Sometimes, this is due to the warmth and friendliness of their missionary “guides.” Missionaries regularly serve as cultural guides to the country, interpreters, drivers, bodyguards, and flesh-and-blood illustrations of missionary life. Spending time with missionary families, listening to the missionary kids speaking two or more languages over a meal, learning about the sacrifices these families have made to be missionaries, and the overwhelming ways that God blesses them in the process are major influences in the life of the visitor.
Bobby Jamison | The Bible’s Burden for Church Revitalization
Throughout much of the United States (and a few other parts of the world) evangelical churches quite literally litter the landscape.
Many of these churches are like trash left on a street corner—they cause people to cross to the other side to avoid them. The people who belong to them profess to believe in the gospel, and their historic statements of faith confess the gospel. And some true Christians do belong to such churches. But on the whole the life of the church broadcasts anything but a gospel message. These churches instead churn out toxic waste rather than the nourishing food that people need.
Some churches in this state may be unrecoverable. But the sad thing is, many evangelicals seem content to ignore such churches and simply start new ones.