Missions 101: Reaching and teaching, new podcast with David Sills
The very idea of a missionary seems to be part and parcel of what it means to be a Christian. It was Charles Haddon Spurgeon who said, “You are either a missionary or an imposter.”
Yet, when confronted with the challenges of reaching people who have never heard the name of Jesus—who have no frame of reference to even the Biblical idea of sin—who cannot read—who are separated from the modern technological advances of Western culture—how are Christian missionaries to engage and penetrate the lostness of the world?
Are there particular methods and strategies outlined in Holy Scripture, or is it an anything goes type of movement as long as sincere people are at work seeking to evangelize the world?
And in particular—have modern mission agencies (including the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) adopted appropriate biblical methods for missionary work?
Missiological Urgency: What does the Great Commission Require?; What are time-proven strategies for missionary engagement—Have they been abandoned? The Gospel and Animism-syncretism and missionary strategy; Is Jesus waiting on us to return from Heaven—Matt. 24:14?; Theological education and the mission field; China and Nigeria—barren after years of missionary work? The training of missionaries —James Pettigru Boyce; James Engel— Beyond the Numbers Game; Paul’s missionary practice.
Search Theology vs. Harvest Theology; Donald McGavran—Understanding Church Growth; David Garrison and the Church Planting Movement (CPM); CPM as an official strategy; Orality and a non-literate culture; contextualization; the future of Southern Baptist missions.