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Tell all the World

By Jim Sayers
September 2011 | Review by Timothy Alford

Synopsis

‘World mission is someone else's job! Leave it to the specialists, the agencies, and let's concentrate on reaching our local community around our church.' Sadly, that is often how Christians think about cross-cultural mission. But God has other plans for your church. God's plan as set out in Scripture is to put the local church at the heart of world mission. The biblical pattern is for local churches to send out missionaries, and for missionaries to be answerable to the local churches that send and support them. This was the conviction that changed Grace Baptist Mission into a church-based mission back in the 1960s and 70s. To celebrate GBM's 150th anniversary, Tell all the world has been put together to explore the biblical principles of mission, to apply them to a wide range of different cultures, and to show how church-based mission works out in practice. Allow this book to ignite your passion to tell all the world of Jesus!

  • Publisher: Grace Publications
  • ISBN: 978-0-946462-83-4
  • Pages: 176
  • Price: 0.00
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Book Review

The editors of this appeal for church-based mission for the twenty-first century have brought together the thoughts of twelve different contributors. Each of them is qualified to specialise in their given subjects, and succeed in producing aninstructive insight into 150 years of cross-cultural mission. For the first century of its existence India was the focus of the Strict Baptist Mission, now known as the Grace Baptist Mission.

Part 2 of this publication sets out to put Mission in context. It does so with references to modern India, France, Europe, the Arab world, Latin America, the Philippines, and Britain. Within the inevitable limitations of their part in this global scene, the writer of each chapter succeeds in presenting valuable insights and relevant challenges. The comments on ‘bridge-building’ in chapter 7 deserve attention, being both practical and corrective where insularity limits the evangelistic impact made by our churches.

Part 3 is entitled ‘Good practice in mission’, and is such a good statement of the Biblical principles and patterns required of the local church as the sending agency. The relationship between the church and missionary is sometimes obscured, even hindered, by extra-church organisations. It may also be impaired by individualism on the part of the missionary. So this conclusion of the book is a blue-print for best practice.

But it is Part 1 in particular that gives this publication is real value. In five chapters by Sukesh Pabari the Biblical principals of mission receive thorough and much-needed consideration. With extensive references to the Scriptures, and careful application, here is a powerful correction to shallow thinking about numerous issues affecting the spread of the Gospel. It is not all comfortable reading, and what is said about working with others may disturb denominational pride or prejudice.

‘Tell all the world’ is a call to action, and I would like to see it as a handbook on Mission in the hands of all church members. Tremendous opportunities face us in today’s world, and to quote this book ‘This surely is the mindset that God demands of His people; not the mindset of those who are ‘besieged’ but of those who are ‘on the offensive’.

Timothy G. Alford

Stowmarket

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