A Missions Strategy

Dave Black, professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has a few practical suggestions for developing a missions strategy on his blog at daveblackonline.com this morning…

  1. Rely solely on the Holy Spirit. Not your missions textbook or the latest fad in missiology. The early church had a secret for its success: It was Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. They were guided by God.
  2. Be flexible. The Holy Spirit will affirm some of our ideas and reject others. Sometimes He works despite our plans. But be careful not to devise your strategy and then ask God to bless it. Instead, let’s ask God for the strategy.
  3. Beware of busyness. Religious activity is not the same as spirituality. The church at Ephesus is proof of that (Eph. 2:1-7). Spend time with God. Seek His face. Rest in His sovereignty. Simply signing up more Ephesians to do more works without their first love will only lead to disaster.
  4. Finally, ignore numbers. Our Lord never trusted the multitudes. He spent most of His time not with the crowds but with a few disciples. Don’t try to attempt with a host what can be done with a handful of committed Christians. Gideon’s 32,000 need to be whittled down to 300 patterned after Christ.

Friend, the Lord alone can guide our missionary efforts. If we work independently of Him we will fail every time. Frustration will kill us if we try to do it on our own.

His blog is a regular stop on my daily jaunt through the internet. He is a noted scholar in his field (his books have been required reading in some of my own seminary classes), but it is his zeal for missions and his love for the nations that inspires and challenges me the most. It is a passion clearly shared by his bride, who is currently writing a series on missions to India. You can read her first two installments here…

Thid-RucksackMay we all develop a deeper love for the nations and may God continually crush our confidence in ourselves so that we learn to rely on Him for reaching them.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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