Since the day of Pentecost and the beginnings of the Church, persecution against the Church has been a reality. Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death for his bold proclamation of the gospel. The apostles were threatened not to “preach in this name,” which is to say the name of Jesus. James the apostle […]

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In order to obey the unfinished task we received from our Master—to make disciples of all nations—we need a sola gratia gospel. The message that God saves by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is the only gospel that brings people from darkness to light, the only good news that produces true followers of Christ, and […]

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What is the Mission of the Church? Over the past several decades, this question has been a matter of considerable debate among Christians. Should the term “mission” be used exclusively to refer to the task of evangelism and disciple-making, or can it be broadened to include socially-oriented activities? Some missiologists, for example, see mission as […]

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Luther famously addressed the Diet of Worms in 1521, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” Indeed, central to the Reformation was the idea of sola scriptura, the idea that the Scriptures alone are authoritative and sufficient for both faith and practice. This doctrine was contra the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, which […]

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What the Church Can Learn Today In Acts 13:1-3 we find the first record of a church recognizing, commissioning, and sending out missionaries. Saul and Barnabas are sent by the church in Antioch on what would become known as Paul’s first missionary journey. What can the church today learn from this first missionary adventure? Especially […]

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This article is part of a series on missions and the local church. We trust that this series will encourage both faithfulness to Christ’s bride and obedience to the bride’s mission. “How should my church do short-term missions?” Pastors, missions pastors, or local church missions committees that desire to involve their church in short-term missions opportunities should probably […]

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This article is part of a series on missions and the local church. We trust that this series will encourage both faithfulness to Christ’s bride and obedience to the bride’s mission. Do you remember the Machine Gun Preacher? Nothing says missions like a machine gun and rippling muscles, right?  However, thinking about Sam Childers makes me consider how […]

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