The following articles are related to the topic of MISSIONS

Questions About Missions

Many congregations annually designate one Sunday as "Missions Sunday." We have been doing so where I labor for a number of years. This is one expedient way to draw attention to those works outside the local congregation - prayerfully those works that are out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind. It is true, however, that every Sunday is "Missions Sunday" for the people ... read more »

Choosing a Man

Earl Edwards has served as a professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tennessee) for more than twenty years. Not only is he an accomplished Bible scholar, he has long been dedicated to mission work, serving as a missionary in Italy for sixteen years, and having led mission groups to some eight other nations. In this article, he discusses some ... read more »

Ephesians 2:8 & Revelation 2:4-5 – The Church at Ephesus

The cause of Christ was planted in Ephesus when Paul came to that city during the course of his third missionary journey. There, he encountered twelve men who had known only the baptism of John the Baptist (having received that ordinance after its expiration). Accordingly, Paul instructed them more precisely in the gospel, and immersed them "into the name of ... read more »

Fellow Workers for the Truth

How were some "fellow workers" (3 Jn. 8) received who had a commendation from the apostle John? While the "beloved apostle" commended Gaius, who "received" the church workers, others were censured for snubbing their noses, and treating the endorsed Christians like itinerate church cons. The apostle had occasion to write about this "evil" (3 Jn. 11), having previously written to ... read more »

Is a Church Obligated to Support Mission Work?

"A missionary was recently passing through our area. He called to ask a local preacher whether he might be able to make a presentation regarding his work to the congregation. The preacher told him that at this time they were not taking on any mission work. The missionary asked if he could simply inform the congregation of his mission work ... read more »

Belief as Used in the Book of Acts

The Greek noun for faith is pistis; the corresponding verb is pisteuo. Combined, these forms are employed some 243 times in the New Testament. There is a great deal of confusion and controversy in the community of "Christendom" as to the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, sectarian bias has clouded the understanding of many on this important biblical theme. Depending ... read more »

Is There a Future Kingdom?

As Paul concluded his first missionary journey, Luke informs us that he revisited some of the infant churches, exhorting those saints to continue in the faith. He also cautioned them that: "Through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). That is a curious statement in view of the fact that these Christians had entered the ... read more »

Jesus, Cursed by God

It was no coincidence that apostolic preachers of the gospel indicted the first century Jews with having murdered Jesus by hanging him on a tree. For example, Peter and his fellow apostles charged the Jewish Sanhedrin: "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew, hanging him on a tree" (Acts 5:30). At Caesarea, addressing Cornelius and his ... read more »

Matthew 13:8 – Seed Sown in “Good Ground”

In his parable about the man who sowed seed, Jesus said that some of the seed "fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Mt. 13:8). Later, in explaining the parable to his disciples, the Lord told what he meant by "good" soil.This type of ground represented a certain quality of person-the one ... read more »

The Rite of Circumcision

On his second missionary journey, when Paul came to Lystra, he incorporated a disciple named Timothy into his evangelistic team (cf. Acts 16:1-3).Since Timothy's father had been a Greek, the apostle had the young man circumcised as a matter of expediency (cf. 1 Cor. 9:20), to prevent offense while working among the Jews. Since critics of the Bible characterize circumcision ... read more »