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TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)

- FINDING COURAGE IN GOD FOR LIFE

by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.

 

THE SECOND ACT

- THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MISSIONARY JAMES O. FRASER'S SUCCESSOR

by Stuart Simpson

This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.

FINDING GOD IN CHINESE CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!

Thursday
Mar102016

The Mission of God & Becoming 'Missional'

The term 'mission' or 'missions' can mean different things to different people.  Closely related is the English word 'missionary' which is derived from the Latin and is the equivalent of the Greek-derived word, 'apostle', and means 'sent one'.  Western Christendom (both Protestant and Catholic) is very familiar with these terms and generally speaking, missions is seen as one of a number of activities or programmes the church gets involved in.  For some churches, missions is broad in scope and may encompass all outreach activities whether locally or further afield.  For others it may equate to evangelistic endeavours overseas, especially cross-cultural outreach which would include church-planting, Bible training, Bible translation and, of course, the preaching of the gospel.  Importantly, it is carried out somewhere else, by specially called and trained 'missionaries', on the 'mission field'.

Just as it is vitally important for us to recognize that the whole of history throughout time is fundamentally a story of God's redemption of creation, it is also vital that we understand that for this redemptive story to take place, God has his own mission to bring it to pass.  What is exciting is to recognize that we have all been invited to be a part of God with a mission!  It is in his mission that God invites us to join him and be a part of writing his story.

As we grasp the fact that God is a missionary God who has sent himself through his son, Jesus Christ, we will also understand the missionary calling as God's people.  The church exists because of its mission and a church that is not "the church in mission" is no church at all.  This means that it is not that the church has a mission (perhaps expressed in a presentable mission statement) but that the mission of God has a church, which exists to be a sign and a witness to the nations, and a foretaste of God's dream for the world.

The vision of church expressed as missional communities within the broader context of seeing the kingdom of God come on earth fits very much with a revelation and desire which God has been developing within me for some years.  This has been written about in my book, Empowered: Discovering Your Place in God's Story, published by Lulu.com (see Our Own Resources page).  One key message of the book is for the church to return to its original missionary calling which is to be sent incarnationally into the world.  This will require a whole new way of thinking in line with a biblical worldview and the mission of God, breaking free from old dualistic paradigms of spiritual and secular which have disempowered the majority of believers and caused them to view missions solely as an activity or outreach programme of the church.  The title and substance of the book conveys my passion to see God’s kingdom come on earth as every believer is empowered as an agent of God’s mission, living as disciples missionally in their ordinary contexts and spheres of influence, in order that the full scope of the Great Commission mandate might be fulfilled through the discipling of nations. 

Christians and churches alike are gradually coming to the realization that the spiritual landscape has changed in the West to a post-Christian one.  I have a desire to be involved in the development of missional church communities where there is meaningful fellowship and which allows for effective and natural outreach into local communities (as opposed to attractional forms of evangelism which extract people from their cultural tribes into a church ‘tribe’).  During the seven years my family and I lived in China, we were not able to go to church for security reasons and had to substitute ‘going to church’ with something else.  It was as we met as a family in our home, and then with other missionaries, that we began to learn that we did not need the forms and methods of Sunday church to meet together with God.  Since that time, we have experienced ‘church’ in many settings and have become increasingly convinced that missional communities are a truer expression of church the way God intended.  We have sought for a deeper and more authentic expression of NT Christianity than what is normally found in most church contexts, the kind of church Jesus designed to change the world.  Having worked in a number of cross-cultural and overseas contexts as a missionary, I believe this has prepared me to help others adopt the thinking and ways of a missionary as they seek to enter into the lives of people who speak a different ‘language’ and embrace another cultural mindset.

Friday
Jan022009

God's Wake-Up Call to the Church!

Towards the end of 2004 we heard a prophetic message received by Oral Roberts concerning the need for the Church to wake-up and get ready and prepared for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Here is what we believe was the most challenging and sobering part of the Lord's message to His Church. Let us hear and, most importantly, respond to the word of the Lord in whatever way it applies to us.

"Remember, I said in my Bible to My disciples 2000 years ago, Go into all the world and teach all nations and when that teaching has reached the nations, then will the end come" [see Matthew 28:19 & Matthew 24:14]. And then He [God] startled me. "With all the widespread church in the world...there is a wasting of My power. There is a failure to grasp the end time. They're coming to church on a Sunday morning mostly for themselves and the preachers, for the most part, are not really concerned for the nations of the earth. They're concerned about the little group that is there and they sing their songs and they get up and preach..."

[God said] "the thing that is breaking My heart is that I commanded My people, I commanded My Church to preach the gospel in all the world and to teach all nations, and while there are evangelists, and pastors, and prophets and apostles, and all kinds of My workers in all parts of the world, and in some of the nations of the earth, it is just a drop in the bucket to what I commanded My disciples to do. And I love people so much. I can't afford to let people go on as they are..."

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Friday
Dec192008

Is Your Mission Philosophy based onThe New Convenient Version?

Two thousand years have passed since Jesus gave his disciples his parting command recorded in Acts 1:8,

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, then in all Judea and Samaria, then to the end of the earth.”

Did you spot the deliberate mistake? Maybe not, as it is only a subtle change but one that for hundreds of years has influenced the thinking of churches to the present day. The change of one small word can radically alter our understanding and practice of mission...the substitution of the word ‘and’ for the word ‘then’.

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Thursday
Dec182008

The Early Church's Reluctance to obey the Great Commission

In his book, 'Eternity in their Hearts', Don Richardson writes:

"Hundreds of millions of Christians think that Luke's Acts of the Apostles records the 12 apostles' obedience to the Great Commission. Actually, it records their reluctance to obey it."1

These are strong words indeed, but a close study of the book of Acts will reveal this to be the case. Prior to His ascension, Jesus commissioned His disciples to continue His ministry on earth. The four gospel writers all record slightly differently Jesus' parting command - generally referred to as the 'Great Commission'.

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Wednesday
Dec172008

WHAT are we doing with God's Blessings?

As Christians we all love God's blessings. We like to read about them in our favourite Bible passages, sing and talk about them, and especially receive them!

BRING ON THE BLESSINGS!
That's great! God has always wanted to bless His people. At the very beginning, God prepared a wonderful planet for mankind to live on with everything in it for them to enjoy. We can read about God's blessing on Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3:

"Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

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