Monday, November 19, 2012

Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions? - A Book by Dr. Dave Black

Greek Scholar Dave Black in one of his newest books has written a book titled, "Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions?" You can find this book on amazon or read a related article on his own site "Can We Please Do Church Planting Cooperatively?" Here are a few things I would like to highlight as he answers his own questions:

If we as the church in America, would learn to invest our money more wisely, it could be used to empower and equip nationals to evangelize their own people. Think about it. They speak the language. They know the culture inside and out. They are used to going without. They do not need to be pampered.

Once we understand that we have only one King and one kingdom, we should be able to begin working cooperatively, side by side with foreign nationals, to get the job done. Once we see this principle, it is the most liberating revelation. We will find ourselves working intentionally with national churches as each one of us does our part to finish the task before night falls.

Of course, I fully realize that this issue tends to divide modern missionaries. Reared in a culture that has sent out church planters for generations, we argue that we cannot leave the work to nationals on the assumption that we are indispensable. In my new book I contest this belief. Slowly and patiently, God is working to create a spirit of cooperation among His church. My prayer is that God will help free us from the tendency to work as though the church universal does not exist. My hope is that we will become increasingly aware that He is very much at work in the hearts of nationals who desire, more than even we do, that Christ’s kingdom be established in their nation. 

In his new book "Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions?" Black encourages his readers to view modern missions as "a global, cooperative movement," where there is more of a partnership between local churches in America and the local churches in other nations.

Unfortunately [I continue], many U.S. mission teams fail to coordinate their efforts with the churches of host locations. Recently a student of mine mentioned that his local church was going to plant a new church in China. I asked him, “Have you ever considered simply going to China and asking the existing churches how you can come alongside them and help?” Failing to understand and connect with God’s already-at-work global purpose is one of the greatest mistakes we can make as churches. More and more local churches in America are forging effective partnerships with local churches in foreign nations, asking how they can best serve the needs in those countries. When done well, everybody benefits through this kind of beautiful partnership, and Christ is honored as His people submit to one another in love.

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