Just before He ascended into Heaven the Lord Jesus gave His disciples a reminder of His "Great Commission" to take the Gospel to the whole world! (Acts 1:8; see also: Matthew 28:18-20) Then an angel told the disciples that Jesus would return the same way He left the earth (Acts 1:9-11). Christians are not supposed to abandon this missions mandate and retire to a mountaintop to wait for His return. Instead, they should "occupy," or "do business" until He returns (Luke 19:13 - in a parable about faithful stewardship).

We are living at the end of the greatest period of missionary activity in history. This was foretold in the message to the Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13). During this time missionaries have followed Jesus' own example of meeting people's needs in order to earn the right to be heard. They have improved the living conditions of people around the world, fed the hungry, built hospitals, and established schools. Then they have given the Gospel, the best of all gifts.

Unfortunately, the spirit of the apostate Church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) is rapidly growing stronger, threatening to merely provide assistance without faithfully giving the life-changing Gospel message that Jesus is God's only provision for salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Ultimately, there will be representatives in Heaven of "every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). The Bible says, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). So far, the missionary enterprise has only been the privilege of human disciples of the Lord, but at a certain time during the Tribulation period God will allow angels to finish the work (Revelation 14:6-7).

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Ministry in a Multi-faith Society Means Confrontation

Oct. 31, 2016 - Learning from Paul at the Areopagus, the epicenter of evangelism:

These days when people tell me they don’t believe in God, I often say “I bet I don’t believe in that god you don’t believe in either.” It’s essential that we distinguish the living triune God of the Bible from all other imagined “gods.”

Source: Daniel Strange - Christianity Today

Prophetic Significance of Missions

Jack Chick Dies: Pioneering Publisher of Illustrated Gospel Tracts Was 92

Oct. 24, 2016 -

Chick's tracts have been published in almost 100 languages, and copies were requested by the Smithsonian Institute for one of its displays on American culture. More than 740 million tracts have been sold.

Source: NewsMax

Amplifying Evangelism—One Critical Component in Becoming an Engaging Church

May 26, 2016 - In recent years churches have enjoyed an explosion of emphasis on worship. However, evangelism has not been emphasized as much as it used to be. AMPLIFY, a very special conference on evangelism next month, could help to put the church back on track in this vital aspect of Christianity.

This moment could indeed light a fire in anyone who attends and send them back to their church, school, or business with a fresh sense of mission and grace to be effective witnesses for Christ.

Source: Rice Brooks - Christianity Today
Amplify Conference - Wheaton College - June 28-30, 2016

Bible charity vows to continue translation work after murders of four employees

Mar. 30, 2016 -

Four unidentified translators, who worked secretly for Wycliffe Associates, a Florida non-profit dedicated to bringing the gospel to hundreds of obscure languages, were killed by suspected Islamist militants at an undisclosed location, Wycliffe officials said in a statement.

The attackers shot and destroyed all the equipment, books and translation materials in the office. Survivors of the attack are committed to finishing the projects.

Source: Fox

Made in China: The Next Mass Missionary Movement

Jan. 14, 2016 - House church leaders in China are highly motivated to spur a new missionary movement.

This fall, about 850 Chinese leaders gathered for their own missions conference... They announced from Hong Kong a long-discussed goal: to send 20,000 missionaries from China by the year 2030.

The Pew Research Center estimates that there will be more than 330 million Christians in China by 2050. At that level they could easily send 20,000 missionaries. 10/40 Window speaker and author Luis Bush, says, “They see themselves as an extremity of Acts 1:8,” and once the Gospel reached them, there was nowhere to go but "back to Jerusalem."

Source: Christianity Today

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