(January 23, 2017) George Forbes, missionary spokesperson, shares some missions-centred truths…
We’re definitely into 2018!
But more importantly we are well into the twenty-first century and it’s important to review where we are heading in our mission to the ends of the earth!
- There have been major eras in the history of Christian mission in the world. Each has had its distinctives and its time… in 2018 and beyond.
- I join with many who thank God as we remember the fruitfulness of past eras in this great task.
- However… at the same time I and others are looking to God for his plan and will for our time.
- A mistake that has been made more than once is to perpetuate a strategy that worked well in the past, without fully considering God’s time and his plan for now… in this 21st century!
Great mission’s thinkers such as Ralph D Winter, founder of the Centre for World Mission in
Pasadena California, raised his voice before he graduated to glory, about vital issues in mission that could make or break what is done and how.
The famous evangelist, Dr Billy Graham said, ‘Ralph Winter was a man of God who gave a vision to many Christians of a world in need of the gospel. I used to meet with him on many occasions, often in small group prayer. Some of my vision for world evangelisation came from my interaction with him, and I am grateful.’ (more…)
(October 10, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes shares a very important strategy reminder…
Christian Missions operate in a wide range of areas of ministry, service and aid!
- Some are big enough to incorporate many activities and ministries.
- Others specialise in one field of service such as humanitarian aid, education or medical services.
- Significant numbers specialise in language translation and the provision of the scriptures in the language of the people.
- The majority of missions that prioritise on evangelism, Bible training and church planting also open schools, medical clinics and other services.
Early in my thirty years of active mission organisation leadership, I discovered that these services were often crucial to our acceptance by indigenous leaders in developing countries. Biblically they were an evidence of Christian love and compassion to people in need.
The missionary task has always been about ‘making disciples.’ Jesus commanded the early church ‘to make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew. 28:18-20). He commanded his disciples to ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel’ (Mark 16:15). Matthew adds the important dimension of the Great Commission by quoting the words of Jesus, ‘As you go, make disciples.’
This is the primary task of the missionary – because a missionary is a ‘sent one.’ (more…)
(June 1, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes shares on Pentecost …
The Feast of Pentecost (also known as the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks) was observed by Israel over many centuries. It was an important time each year to celebrate the beginning of the early weeks of harvest with thanksgiving to God. Also a time to celebrate God’s deliverance of his people from Egypt.
After his resurrection from the grave, Jesus had given his followers a command to not depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father. He told them: ‘John truly baptised with water; but you shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’ (Acts 1:4-5).
Luke, writing the Acts of the Apostles, begins the second chapter with the words, ‘And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.’
Then, verse 2ff, the Holy Spirit fell!
The focus of the feast
The Day of Pentecost was a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel. Devout Jews were used to celebrating the feast of Pentecost – but on the Acts 2 Day of Pentecost, the focus of the feast was changed for the followers of Jesus Christ! (more…)
(February 15, 2017) Missionary statesman George Forbes emphasises a proven strategy…
Perhaps one of the least understood aspects of missionary work among the nations is that of missions’ strategy. It has the potential to be invaluable or a stumbling block.
In my experience it has been very helpful when it is properly prepared, presented and understood. When it is considered unnecessary or too human, because we are being led by the Holy Spirit, there is the danger of proceeding without a plan, because we think we are trusting God for outcomes.
In some ways it is like the old saying, ‘The thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.’ (more…)
(January 11, 2017) Missionary statesman Dr George Forbes reminds us of a fundamental truth…
Our world is full of people who have no hope!
There are multiplied reasons for this tragedy; however my purpose is not to describe the hopelessness, but to share the reality that there is hope.
Christians have a living hope
The hope of Christians worldwide is based on God’s love and amazing mercy; on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and on the plan of salvation for all who believe.
If you need hope, if you’re asking questions about life and the unknown future, I invite you to consider what the apostle Peter wrote. It is found in chapter three of his first letter to the churches. Here are the words he wrote, translated faithfully and clearly in English…
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you by the power of God, having been kept through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time’ (1Peter 1:3-5). (more…)
(November 14, 2016) Missionary statesman Dr George Forbes reminds us of the reality of this promise…
This often quoted statement by a famous missionary has inspired many to see the divine possibilities in every situation. God is on schedule with his plan for planet Earth. The prospects for completion of the task of world evangelisation have never been better.
- God promised Abraham that through him all nations on earth would be blessed.
- He promised Jesus that he would give him the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for his possession.
- He declared that all the ends of the earth would remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations would worship before him.
- He promised that he would pour out his Spirit on all flesh and that whoever called on the name of the Lord would be saved.
The Bible is full of God’s promises
Especially regarding his purpose and plan to gather to himself a people from every tribe, tongue, nation and ethnic group in the world. (more…)
(October 12, 2016) Missionary statesman Dr George Forbes shares on a modern missions’ trend…
The history of modern Christian mission can be helpfully described by trends in given eras of missionary enterprise. Dr Ralph Winter in his classic article on the Three Eras of Protestant Mission defines modern mission as the period since the resurgence of missionary activity in the 19th and 20th century portrays trends of great difference.
Significant eras and appeals
There was the era of …
- Coastal Missions
- Inland Missions era came next and
- People Group Missions
Each era had its own distinctives and advocates. (more…)
Ed Stetzer declares that mission and missions must work together. We mustn’t have one without the other.
The missional church is shaped by God and his mission. In order for the church to recover its missional passion, we must reclaim our lost sense of the glory of God’s mission. (more…)
Scientist Ron Chatelier shares…
In some ways my life started when I was 14. When I was a teenager, the good news about Jesus Christ was presented in a very direct and clear manner. It was as simple as ABC…
A: Admit that you are a sinner and need God’s help.
B: Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he loves you and died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins, and that he rose again from the dead.
C: Confess that Jesus is Lord, and then do what he says. (more…)
Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, brings a new slant to the Great Commission onus in these troubled times … days when not only does the world need to hear and the accept the gospel message but side-tracked Christians need to understand scripture deceptions by so-called ‘teachers’ …
I don’t think anyone would disagree that we are living in very difficult days. I don’t remember in my lifetime a period when the world has been so restless, confused, violent and hopeless. (more…)