Global Missions

Global missions stands at the heart of what it means to be a Southern Baptist. It does not look like that’s going to change anytime soon. However, the unanswered question for our generation concerning the mission of God is: How great, and with what intensity, will the Spirit of God blow through our churches, seminaries, and our own hearts to accomplish his purposes among the nations? 

Baptist heroes such as William Carey, Adoniram Judson, and Charles Spurgeon challenged people to reflect on the statement, “The question is not ‘Should I go?’ but ‘How can I stay?’” I would ask the readers of this blog to join me in asking the same question with serious prayer and sober reflection. With over six billion people spread across the globe and the vast majority of those in an area with little or no gospel influence, we must consistently consider and reconsider how we are fulfilling Christ’s command to reach the nations.

The students at SEBTS (at least those in chapel) have been encouraged and challenged to consider the joyful mandate Christ places on his disciples in the Great Commission. Please listen to the two missions sermons delivered in chapel this week by Dr. Danny Akin and Dr. Bruce Ashford. Dr. Akin preached on the Great Commission with insights from the life of William Carey. Dr. Ashford challenged hearers from Romans 1:14-17. The sermons are here.

What practical ways can we challenge people to consider the cause of global missions? Is it passing on a sermon like these? Is it giving them a copy of Elisabeth Elliot's Through Gates of Splendor or John Piper's Let the Nations Be Glad!? Is it one on one conversations, asking each other the hard questions of discipleship? Questions like, "Are you willing to live 20,000 miles from home?" "Where is your home?" "What is keeping you here?" "Are you fully surrendered to the Lord's will for your life?" There is joy set before those who put their yes on God's table. I pray that includes us. May God’s Spirit grant us repentance and a great infusion of missionary zeal in the days ahead.

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