If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.permalink source: C. T. Studd (1860-1931)
The breadth and depth of [William] Carey's missionary service [in India] is well illustrated in the principles laid down for themselves by the Serampore Brotherhood to be read three times a year in each station in their charge. Here is a summary: 1. To set an infinite value on men's souls. 2. To abstain from whatever deepens India's prejudice against the Gospel. 3. To watch for every chance of doing the people good. 4. To preach Christ crucified as the grand means of conversions. 5. To esteem and treat Indians always as equals. 6. To be instant in the nurture of personal religion. 7. To cultivate the spiritual gifts of the Indian brethren, ever pressing upon them their missionary obligation, since only Indians can win India for Christ.permalink source: Hugh Martin, Great Christian Books
Environmental researchers from Oxford University recently made an astounding discovery. More than 33% of Earth's plant and animal species exist on a scant 1.4% of the planet's surface. They identified 25 "hot spots" covering a total of 810,000 square miles and were surprised by the "riot" of life they found occupying such a relatively small portion of land. As a result they suggested that conservationists use a "silver bullet" approach and concentrate on saving pieces of the hot spots from logging, slash and burn agriculture or other fates.permalink source: From Off The Map - Jim Henderson
Hey Glen. Here's the sources: Jerry Parsley, the Regional Director for AGWM Eurasia said, and I quote him accurately, "No one has done for the Middle East and North Africa what Chi Alpha has done." He went on to elaborate on our teams and long term vision, long-term missionaries, and impact. The quote that XA is sending the best missionaries has come from Regional Directors Jerry Parsley and Greg Mundis (Europe). Nancy Hand from AGWM special ministries has also told me she hears many times in closed doors how XA is sending the best in missionaries and teams. Yes, the statement made that XA is the largest producer of missionaries for AGWM today needs to be taken in the context that over the past 2 years we have produced more than a single bible college. I think though that if they really looked at it, we probably produce more than the majority of our bible schools collectively in terms of people coming directly out of the BC vs. our people coming out of XA.permalink source: E Scott Martin in an email August 11, 2003
St. Patrick was a deacon's son (and a pagan as it turns out). At the age of 16 he was captured by Irish slavers and served as a slave in Ireland for 6 years. It was during this time that he was converted and first began to dream of converting his captors. He escaped at the age of 22, walked 200 miles to freedom, and trained as a missionary before returning to Ireland and founding hundreds of churches and leading thousands to Christ.permalink source: http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/stpatricksday/
China has a population of a billion people. One billion. That means even if you’re a one in a million kind of guy, there are still a thousand others exactly like you.permalink source: A. Whitney Brown
Still, all of this reminded me of an evening back in June of 1997, when I attended a small conference in Hong Kong a few days before the handover of the province from Great Britain to China. Speaking off the record, a powerful newspaper executive in the region stressed that there were only two men in the world who truly threated the Chinese authorities. Of course, one of the visiting journalists immediately asked, â€œWho?â€ He said, â€œPope John Paul II and Bill Gates.â€permalink source: Terry Mattingly, http://www.getreligion.org/?p=1423
The Brahman attended an evangelistic meeting where Christians glowingly described how Christ had saved them. "You people say you are saved," declared the Brahman. "So am I. As Christ has saved you, so Krishna has saved me." The missionary in charge of the meeting replied, "I am very glad to hear that you are saved - very glad indeed. Now we are going down to the outcaste quarters and are going to see what we can do for these poor people. We will sit on their beds and in their houses and will share their lives to help them. Will you join us?" The Brahman thought a moment and then said, "Well, sahib, I am saved, but I am not saved that far.â€permalink source: E. Stanley Jones, Christ of the Round Table, 1928
Why We Formed
The General Council of the Assemblies of God was never meant to be an institution; it is just a missionary agency.permalink source: John Welch, third general superintendent of the Assemblies of God (Pentecostal Evangel, 1920, 8).
Bad News, Timothy...
Paul refuses to circumcise Titus, even when it was demanded by many in the Jerusalem crowd, not because it didnâ€™t matter to them, but because it mattered so much that if he acquiesced, he would have been giving the impression that faith in Jesus is not enough for salvation: one has to become a Jew first, before one can become a Christian. That would jeopardize the exclusive sufficiency of Jesus. To create a contemporary analogy: If Iâ€™m called to preach the gospel among a lot of people who are cultural teetotallers, Iâ€™ll give up alcohol for the sake of the gospel. But if they start saying, â€œYou cannot be a Christian and drink alcohol,â€ Iâ€™ll reply, â€œPass the portâ€ or â€œIâ€™ll think Iâ€™ll have a glass of Beaujolais with my meal.â€ Paul is flexible and therefore prepared to circumcise Timothy when the exclusive sufficiency of Christ is not at stake and when a little cultural accommodation will advance the gospel; he is rigidly inflexible and therefore refuses to circumcise Titus when people are saying that Gentiles must be circumcised and become Jews to accept the Jewish Messiah.permalink source: Email from Don Carson to Mark Driscoll found on http://theologica.blogspot.com/2007/09/carson-on-contextualization.html