Prayer and ministry of the Word

This article was submitted to the missions magazine of the World Evangelism Ministry, Global Harvest.

Proclaimers of the gospel have a double responsibility. Before they step out into the street or into the home of someone outside of Christ, they ought to double their knees in prayer. When his people pray, God acts in ways that he otherwise would not.

When the Grecian widows were being neglected in the Jerusalem congregation, the apostles declined to do this work. They had been given a different service. Peter replied for the Twelve, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” Acts 6.4.

These two elements are noteworthy. They constitute the two great activities of apostles and of all proclaimers of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Prayer and ministry of the Word”

Carolina Messenger: What the church needs to know about missions

See the editorial for the Mar/Apr 2016 issue: “This issue of the Carolina Messenger serves to highlight some of the matters that congregations of the Lord’s church need to think about when it comes to mission work. … Therefore, each of the subjects covered in this issue will focus on making the church in the United States more aware of what missionaries face and how churches might better serve mission efforts.”

So far, we see two articles posted on the subject, on the challenges and blessings of missions.

New Twitter and Facebook page

Not sure what to do with them yet or for what purpose to use them, but in order to reserve them for future use, GPMG now has a Twitter account and a Facebook page.

It’s amazing to consider that, with the millions of users (Facebook has a more than a billion), that “gospelprogress” was available in both services.

So follow the Twitter and like the FB page, and who knows what will come of it.

New Mission Opportunity

Lance and Kristen Mosher are preparing to join the newly established work in Poriua, New Zealand, and they need financial support. You are invited to visit their website to learn more about them and their plans: http://themoshersinnewzealand.yolasite.com/  Lance has developed good teaching materials that can be viewed at http://www.topicalbiblestudies.com/  He is currently serving as an evangelist for the Lord’s church in Finger, TN, and in the past six months alone he has baptized eight souls into Christ. The Moshers will be working under the oversight of the elders of the Chalmette, LA church of Christ. Contact details are as follows: 45 Church Street, Finger, TN 38334. Phone: 731-215-7191. E-mail: themoshersinnewzealand@gmail.com Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Missions on the web

Bruce Terry of Ohio Valley University maintains on the university website the page, “World Missions Home Page.” It has a good selection of material, and with all things, one must exercise judgment in the offerings listed there, since both evangelical and progressives are included. Puzzling why Catholic links and works are missing.

Among some of the best offerings are the online journals and books, including Journal of Applied Missiology, Mission Strategy Bulletin, and George Gurganus’s Guidelines to World Evangelism.