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Missionary Spotlight – Discharged

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April 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Discharged

Discharged   Gerard Chrispin has recently retired as General Director of DAYLIGHT Christian Prison Trust – but not from sharing the gospel! Here he challenges his ‘fellow dinosaurs’ to use their retirement to serve the Master.   How easy it is to get institutionalised! It is sad to see men and women who were…

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Missionary Spotlight – The unexpected happens on MV Doulos

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March 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – The unexpected happens on MV Doulos

The unexpected happens on MV Doulos   ‘Can you organise some Bible studies to train us for the ministry?’ This was the request of two young Americans serving on the OM mission ship MV Doulos (http://www.mvdoulos.org/) in summer 2004.   As we discussed possibilities, it was decided to use our family’s cabin for a…

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Baptists in the modern era

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March 2009
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Baptists in the modern era

Baptists in the modern era   Erroll Hulse reviews volume 3 of Tom Nettles’ Baptist history — The Baptists; key people in forming a Baptist identity.   In this third volume, which completes his magisterial history of the Baptists, Tom Nettles continues to focus on the issue of Baptist identity. In other words, how…

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To reach all nations

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February 2009
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To reach all nations

To reach all nations   In this series of articles we are seeking to establish principles of mission from the Bible, to govern how we go about this work. So far we have seen, firstly, that any thinking about mission must begin with the fact that God is a missionary God and he is…

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Sorting out priorities

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February 2009
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Sorting out priorities

Sorting out priorities   When the risen Lord Jesus commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19) he set in motion a great movement that continues to gather momentum today.   As we know from the book of Acts, it took time for the new church to appreciate the…

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A mission policy for a local church

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January 2009
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A mission policy for a local church

A mission policy for a local church   In last September’s ET we saw that ‘God is a missionary God’. This is the first and fundamental idea we must grasp if we want to establish biblical principles of mission and ensure that our practice as churches has clear purpose and direction.   We saw…

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Missionary Spotlight – Learning Spanish

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October 2008
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Missionary Spotlight – Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish   Sometimes the most routine job has eternal consequences. Just ask Julie Chamberlain. She is the director of the Spanish Language Institute in San José, a school that has taught Spanish to between 13,000 and 14,000 evangelical missionaries since it was founded in 1942.   ‘People who have graduated from here have…

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October 2008
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How shall they hear?

How shall they hear?   Good question. The apostle Paul asked it in Romans 10:14 and we should still be asking. Exactly how will they hear — those folk in the shopping mall; those teenagers hanging round the town square; those tower-block residents round the corner; those mums at the school gate waiting for…

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God is a missionary God

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September 2008
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God is a missionary God

God is a missionary God   In his last letter to Timothy, Paul writes: ‘You … have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness’ (2 Timothy 3:10). The apostle Paul clearly knew what he was trying to achieve – hence he can write ‘my…

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Mission Trilogy – Mission – evangelism or church planting?

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August 2008
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Mission Trilogy – Mission – evangelism or church planting?

Mission — evangelism or church planting?   God is the author of all missionary work. As David Livingstone said, ‘God had an only Son and he made him a missionary’. The incredible thing is that God chooses to use us in the great missionary task.      Who do we mean when we say he…

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Mission Trilogy – Mission – independence or co-operation?

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August 2008
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Mission Trilogy – Mission – independence or co-operation?

Mission — independence or co-operation?   It seems to me that the model for missionary work clearly set out in Scripture is one of ‘church based mission’. Acts 13:1-3 is the key text and establishes the following principles:      (1) mission is the concern of a well-ordered church; (2) God uses godly leadership to…

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Mission Trilogy – Biblical strategy for gospel MISSIONS

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August 2008
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Mission Trilogy – Biblical strategy for gospel MISSIONS

Biblical strategy for gospel MISSIONS   Why should we be concerned with the subject of missions or with the mandate for the work of mission as recorded in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20? And how exactly should we go about carrying out the tasks outlined by this commission? Let us consider these matters.…

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