World Christianity and the Unfinished Task

World Christianity and the Unfinished Task

Author: F. Lionel Young, III

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725266537

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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This book is a short introduction to one of the most remarkable transformations in the modern world that many people still do not know about. In 1900 more than 80 percent of the world’s Christians lived in Europe and North America and nearly all of the world’s missionaries were sent out “from the West to the rest.” In a dramatic turn of events Christianity experienced a decidedly “Southern shift” during the twentieth century. Today nearly 70 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians live in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while nearly half of all missionaries are being sent out into all the world from places like Brazil, Ethiopia, and South Korea. This book is intended to change the way readers think about the church and challenge the way Western Christians engage in contemporary missions.

World Christianity and the Unfinished Task

World Christianity and the Unfinished Task

Author: F. Lionel Young, III

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725266551

Category: Religion

Page: 139

View: 828

This book is a short introduction to one of the most remarkable transformations in the modern world that many people still do not know about. In 1900 more than 80 percent of the world's Christians lived in Europe and North America and nearly all of the world's missionaries were sent out "from the West to the rest." In a dramatic turn of events Christianity experienced a decidedly "Southern shift" during the twentieth century. Today nearly 70 percent of the world's 2.5 billion Christians live in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while nearly half of all missionaries are being sent out into all the world from places like Brazil, Ethiopia, and South Korea. This book is intended to change the way readers think about the church and challenge the way the Western Christians engage in contemporary missions.

Let the Nations Be Glad!

Let the Nations Be Glad!

Author: John Piper

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493438235

Category: Religion

Page: 269

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John Piper's bestselling book on missions (more than 300,000 copies sold) draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. Piper offers a biblical defense of God's supremacy in all things, providing readers with a sound theological foundation for missions. This 30th anniversary edition of a contemporary classic incorporates insights from the author's refined thinking over the past 10 years. Used extensively as a textbook for missions courses and a resource for ministries, Let the Nations Be Glad! provides a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the whole enterprise of world evangelization and explores the role of prayer and spiritual warfare. The book is essential reading for those involved in or preparing for missions work. It also offers enlightenment for students, pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, and all who want to connect their labors to God's global purposes. The 30th anniversary edition features a deluxe hardcover binding.

Is the Commission Still Great?

Is the Commission Still Great?

Author: Steve Richardson

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 9780802473547

Category: Religion

Page: 163

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Dismantling the Myths that Obscure God’s Great Plan The primary mission of the church is to glorify God by blessing all peoples of the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Great Commission’s task of global disciple-making is the most ambitious project ever undertaken. Given the scale and complexity of global missions, it’s no wonder that misconceptions abound, even among invested, godly people. Questions and skepticism about missions arise from both outside and inside the church. Is missions an outdated idea? Do missionaries do more harm than good? Are we succeeding or failing? Is it time for global believers to do the job in their own countries with minimal Western involvement? We don’t need to fear questions like these. But we do need to seek—and find—solid, biblical answers. Is the Commission Still Great? dismantles the myths that obscure God’s beautiful plan to make disciples of all nations. Misperceptions discourage God’s people from joyfully participating with Him in reaching the world. Yet, deepening our understanding of the call to missions restores perspective and motivates us to participate in God’s grand design. Author and missionary kid Steve Richardson uses stories from Scripture, history, and his own ministry experience to impart timely lessons on modern missions. Richardson also draws from the wisdom of field missionaries, sending agencies, pastors, and church members to address this all-important endeavor. Each chapter finishes with thought-provoking questions to facilitate purposeful discussion in families and small groups. Is the Commission Still Great? will equip followers of Christ to be participants—not spectators—in the redemption of the world.

Christianity Reborn

Christianity Reborn

Author: Donald M. Lewis

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802824838

Category: Religion

Page: 340

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Christianity Reborn provides the first transnational in-depth analysis of the global expansion of evangelical Protestantism during the past century. While the growth of evangelical Christianity in the non-Western world has already been documented, the significance of this book lies in its scholarly treatment of that phenomenon. Written by prominent historians of religion, these chapters explore the expansion of evangelical (including charismatic) Christianity in non-English-speaking lands, with special reference to dynamic indigenous responses. The range of locations covered includes western and southern Africa, eastern and southern Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. The concluding essay provides a sociological account of evangelicalism's success, highlighting its ability to create a multiplicity of faith communities suited to very different ethnic, racial, and geographical regions. At a time of great interest in the growth of Christianity in the non-Western world, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of what may be another turning point in the historical development of evangelical faith. Contributors: Marthinus L. Daneel Allan K. Davidson Paul Freston Robert Eric Frykenberg Jehu J. Hanciles Philip Yuen-sang Leung Donald M. Lewis David Martin Mark A. Noll Brian Stanley W. R. Ward

Get in the Go

Get in the Go

Author: Dr. Gwyneth Williams

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781463427214

Category: Religion

Page: 122

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The Kingdom of God has been the talk of the world since John the Baptist arrived on the scene to prepare the way for the Messiah. After the baptism of Christ, Jesus continued the message of John: Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Moves of God throughout history have begun with this message. Jesus taught His disciples to pray, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Whatever occurs on earth happens as a result of prayer and takes place in heaven first. Heaven wants revival; heaven desires miracles, and we are the vehicles through which His Spirit works. It is going to take people who carry great vision and passion for us to establish kingdom power and authority in our generation. The power and purpose of God has never changed, nor has His strength weakened. Every generation has relied on men and women of God to make visible the invisible presence of God through signs, wonders, and miracles. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is awaiting vessels (people) who will represent His cause to a searching world. We have to go no further than our backyards to find a field awaiting harvest. The marketplace is clamoring for success with meaningeternal meaning. Neighborhoods are flourishing with young minds looking for leadership, and nations are longing for a message of hope. This is our generation, and the command to Go remains the same. We go in the name that is above all names, Jesus. The foundation for all that we do must be love. The apostle Paul admonishes us by saying, For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6 NIV). Let our expression and our message be saturated with love. Love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8b NIV). Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8a NIV).

Edinburgh 2010

Edinburgh 2010

Author: David A. Kerr

Publisher: OCMS

ISBN: 1870345762

Category: Missions

Page: 368

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"The Centenary of the World Missionary Conference, held in Edinburgh 1910, is a suggestive moment for many people seeking direction for Christian mission in the 21st century. Several different constituencies within World Christianity are holding significant events around 2010. Since 2005 an international group has worked collaboratively to develop an interncontinental and multidenominational project, now known as Edinburgh 2010, and based at New College, University of Edinburgh. This initiative brings together representatives of twenty different global Christian bodies, representing all major Christian denominations and confessions and many different strands of mission and church life, to prepare for the Centenary." (Daryl Balia, International Director Edinburgh 2010).

The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume V

The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume V

Author: Mark P. Hutchinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192518224

Category: Religion

Page: 592

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The-five volume Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions series is governed by a motif of migration ('out-of-England'). It first traces organized church traditions that arose in Britain and Ireland as Dissenters distanced themselves from a state church defined by diocesan episcopacy, the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles, and Royal Supremacy, but then follows those traditions as they spread beyond Britain and Ireland—and also analyses newer traditions that emerged downstream in other parts of the world from earlier forms of Dissent. Secondly, it does the same for the doctrines, church practices, stances toward state and society, attitudes toward Scripture, and characteristic patterns of organization that also originated in earlier British and Irish dissent, but that have often defined a trajectory of influence independent of ecclesiastical organizations. The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume V follows the spatial, cultural, and intellectual changes in dissenting identity and practice in the twentieth century, as these once European traditions globalized. While in Europe dissent was often against the religious state, dissent in a globalizing world could redefine itself against colonialism or other secular and religious monopolies. The contributors trace the encounters of dissenting Protestant traditions with modernity and globalization; changing imperial politics; challenges to biblical, denominational, and pastoral authority; local cultures and languages; and some of the century's major themes, such as race and gender, new technologies, and organizational change. In so doing, they identify a vast array of local and globalizing illustrations which will enliven conversations about the role of religion, and in particular Christianity.

Context and Contextuality

Context and Contextuality

Author: Vyacheslav Tsvirinko

Publisher: Langham Publishing

ISBN: 9781783683970

Category: Religion

Page: 610

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Since 1988, hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians have migrated to the United States of America from former Soviet Union countries, establishing many Russian-speaking immigrant congregations across the country. This study analyzes how these immigrant churches function in their new cultural, social, and religious context. Dr Vyacheslav Tsvirinko, a Russian who lived in the USA for over twenty-five years, examines the holism, authenticity and contextuality of the mission work done by churches in the Pacific Coast Slavic Baptist Association (PCSBA) in America. He defines authentic mission in light of three major Christian groups – the World Council of Churches, the Lausanne Movement, and Anabaptists – and uncovers startling insights on how PCSBA churches engage in mission, both back in their homeland and in the USA. The findings and conclusions of this work are invaluable to diasporic Christian communities who wish to address their authenticity in the way they do mission, both internationally and in their local context, creating a path to more fruitful gospel and kingdom work.