Why We Must Change How We Do Missions: the John 17 Model

Two thousand years after Jesus Christ commanded his followers to bring the gospel to all peoples, it is a scandal that some 2 billion still have not heard. Worse, there are a billion more unreached and unevangelized people today than there were a hundred years ago. The Church is losing ground rather than gaining it. Why? The Church has often conducted her mission the way America fought the Vietnam War rather than the way the Allies fought World War II. Sending a small force from a divided nation with little support all but guaranteed failure in Vietnam. But a united Allied force making a concerted all-out effort all but guaranteed victory over Hitler. The same principles apply in missions. Furthermore, when a divided Church proclaims the gospel of reconciliation, it undercuts her credibility much like a divorced couple offering marriage counseling.

When we ask the question how should we carry out the Lord’s mission, we are asking a theological question, not merely a practical question.

When we ask the question how should we carry out the Lord’s mission, we are asking a theological question, not merely a practical question. The question is not what is the best idea we can come up with.The real question is what is the Lord’s vision for accomplishing his mission. He reveals his vision in for his mission in his farewell discourse recorded in John  chapters 14-17.

 

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