Book Recommendation from a Pastor
“Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global,” by Andy Johnson
Recommendation by Pastor Gavin Kajikawa
As our church family focuses on evangelism for the month of October, I’d like to recommend “Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global,” by Andy Johnson. What I appreciate about the book is the focus on the local church holding to biblical truths in teaching, preparing, sending, and supporting missionaries around the world to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here is a paragraph that will give you a sense of how missions can look different when a local church cherishes the gospel leading to the mission of making disciples a whole church endeavor.
“Imagine a local church where the congregation’s mission to the nations is clear and agreed upon. Elders guide the congregation toward strategic missions. Missions is held up as a concern for all Christians, not just the niche ‘missions club.’ The tyranny of new trends and demands for immediate, visible results holds no sway. Members see missions as the work of the church together rather than the personal, private activity of the individual. In this church, members see missions as a core ministry of the church, not an occasional short-term project. Relationships with missionaries are deep, serious, and lasting. Joyful giving to missions is a basic part of the church’s budget, not merely the fruit of occasional and desperate appeals. And members actually value missions enough that some want to uproot their lives and be sent out long-term by the church.” (19)
This book is short, but is biblically based in providing definitions for missions, talking about missionary care, organizing the sending church, having God honoring partnerships, short-term missions, and how to do missions here in America.
I’ll end with a quote from Andy Johnson, “We should have confidence because we know the mission will not fail. We may fail in our faithfulness, but God will not fail in his mission. Christ will have the nations for his inheritance” (120).
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These days, unity is a forgotten essential. As the church, we can testify to the power of the good news by how we love each other, show grace, and strive for gospel unity before a contentious world.
Let’s not be quick to validate our anger, but inspect and measure it against the Scriptures. We can trace it back to our hearts that we might grow in Christlikeness.
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