What Do Cross-Cultural Missionaries Cross Cultures For?
January 5, 2014 Leave a comment
This is the eighth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here.
What if Christians truly cared more about missions than other things like money, power, etc?
The church needs to be a prophet and a servant. Prophets tell a culture what it needs to hear from God. Because of God’s Word, every Christian has the ability to speak prophetically into the culture. Servants meet the needs of a suffering people. God cares about all kinds of suffering, especially eternal suffering, and so should we. There can be redemptive purposes in suffering. It can be a blessing if it heightens our awareness of our need for God. Through our temporary sufferings for the advancement of the gospel, others can come to the eternal comfort of salvation.
Why do Christians care about suffering? Because Jesus saved us from the greatest possible suffering: eternal suffering in hell apart from God. This rescue from eternal suffering can make your choice to suffer for God’s purposes sane. If we don’t share the gospel to alleviate eternal suffering, our work is incomplete. Those who speak our for the gospel but fail to live a transformed life are doing an injustice. It takes more than clicking “Like” on a Facebook post to change the world. How great an injustice it is to know about eternal suffering and do nothing. To live sparingly for the right cause with the wrong theology is nothing to be proud of.
Obeying God doesn’t lead to misery, but to joy. Missionaries have the responsibility of taking the good news to people who only have bad news. God has absolute and holy authority over hell. It is unjust to not talk about hell. We’ve lost a theology of giving as worship to God. The less you spend on earthly things, the more you have to spend on eternal things. Every dollar spent is a vote of value.
Learn It. Love It. Live It.