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July 21, 2017 You are here : About Perspectives

Lesson Summaries

Biblical

#1. The Living God is a Missionary God
Explore God's intent for every nation on the planet through his promise to Abraham: redemption and blessing. In this lesson, explore God's purpose for the world since before the time of the patriarchs, and the ways in which He wants to bless the world. Learn about God's two-fold problem, and His single purpose.

#2. The Story of His Glory
Explore God's purpose for Himself: to be glorified. See how He's been unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the prayers, the passion, and the worship of all people.

#3. Your Kingdom Come
Learn how God's purpose regards evil, how God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open an era of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. Take a look at the kingdom of God for what it really is: the destination of all history. Our prayers contend with Satan's attacks in order to speed the coming of God's kingdom. With this in mind, have a warfare mentality.

#4. Mandate for the Nations
Jesus shows us the wisdom of placing our focus on the gentiles. What is the great commission, and how did Jesus live out His example of how to best fulfill that commission through discipleship? Are missions even relevant in light of the teachings of pluralism and universalism? Does Jesus have something unique to offer?

#5. Unleashing the Gospel
The foundations of the gospel are laid with costly obedience: the way for gentiles to enter faith is opened. Discover what the climactic book of Acts can tell us about how this fundamental act of God can speak to ministry situations today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion go hand in hand with the spread of God's word.

History

#6. The Expansion of the Christian Movement
In this lesson, get an overview of the largest, longest-running movement in all of history: the world Christian movement. Study how the gospel relentlessly surged through peoples and countries, changing entire cultures, and discover insights for our day.

#7. Eras of Mission History
In the last 200 years, there have been three "bursts" of missions activity, which have seen the most explosive growth in the history of the gospel. We may be on the verge of the final era of missions. Global mission forces are increasingly comprised of non-westerners. Also, in this lesson, understand the four stages of church-mission dynamics, and the value of student movements.

#8. Pioneers of the World Christian Movement
Because missions today is beginning to enter it's last stages, we have no excuse for failing to learn from and absorb the vast body of wisdom and knowledge left to us from our predecessors.  Learn from ordinary people, not unlike you, who have done extraordinary things through Jesus Christ who gave them strength, specifically focusing on William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Cam Townsend and others. Finally, learn the historic role of women in missions.

#9. The Task Remaining
God has pressed his purpose forward, leading all the way up to the present hour of great opportunity.  Understanding the concept of an "un-reached people group" will greatly aid in comprehending the remaining task entrusted to us on Earth. Recognize the current imbalance of mission resources and allocation that mistakenly shape strategic priorities. A basic minimal missiological achievement in a given people group opens the way to declaring God's power with clarity. Learn about the need and opportunity of urban missions, among other mobilization possibilities.

Culture

#10. How Shall They Hear?
Learning how to communicate in a cross-cultural way is a vital and challenging aspect to transmitting God's message of salvation. Learn to incorporate relevance at the world-view level, and to avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God's truth in exchange for faster and wider acceptance.) Sensitive missionaries can often uncover redemptive analogies that God Himself has embedded in the culture.

#11. Building Bridges of Love
Take a look at the incarnation of our Lord Christ as a model for missionary humility. See how missionaries can take on community roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus, to communicate with credibility. Recognize the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

Strategy

#12. Christian Community Development
A review of world need. The role of social action and the balance it must maintain with the work of evangelism. Build community development into outreach as a sign of Christ's Lordship. Examine the charge that missionaries destroy culture instead of serving it.

#13. The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches
The spread of the good news through a culture is anything but a chance, random occurrence. Missionaries can plant multiplying churches that reach entire families and communities. Look at the vision for saturation church planting. Find out about house church movements and how they fit into the grand scheme.

#14. Pioneer Church Planting
How is it different being the first representative of Christ to bring His gospel to a people? What is frontier church planting, and what are it's dynamics? Examine the reasons for "de-westernising" a gospel presentation, and why it's important in pioneer church planting. Look at some case studies.

#15. World Christian Partnership
In the final lesson, study what it means to integrate God's global purpose and mission into your life, and to have a war-time lifestyle. Compare and contrast the respective roles of going and sending. Learn to value the work of mobilization as a strategic aspect of effective sending. Seek wisdom in pursuing partnership with local churches, mission agencies, non-western missions and more. Seek God's will in all these matters, and let Him make clear to you your future role in His plan. Find practical hope and guidance for the task.
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