The Myth of Missionary Neutrality

The  things that we do either propels God’s mission forward or hinders the embodiment of his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

As a former Missionary that pioneered new works throughout the British Isles I would like to share with you some of the suggestions that will help you in your ministry in a new land among a new people. During my tenure on the foreign field I made a lot of errors that resulted in my losing some even though I was able to win some. I would like to list some helpful suggestions that will benefit you if you desire to be a soul winner in a new land and especially if you are an American Apostolic.

1-Forget about your Nationality and learn to become one with the people you are to minister too.

2-Follow the Apostle Paul’s word’s  found in

1 Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 19-For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20-And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21-To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22-To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23-And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

3-Learn their language

4-Learn their ways and customs

5-Preach only what is true and proven in salvation and in standards. If you have certain dress standards teach them by setting the example in your daily living

6-Remember they may not enjoy loud microphones and thundering or booming speakers. Jesus never used a loud speaker or a mike; neither did any of the Apostles

7-Show them love and respect in all things

8-Do not force people to the Altar invite them instead. The acceptance of Salvation, miracles, and/or healing must be their decision. Jiggle their heart and not their throat.

9-Reveal to them the power of the new birth and the name of Jesus Christ

10-Allow Jesus Christ to lead and guide you in all things.

Below is an article by JEFF CHRISTOPHERSON AND MATT ROGERS

It’s common to hear people speak as if there are three possible positions for life in relation to God. Some are in drive—moving forward in active obedience to the Great Commission. Others are in reverse, demonstrating rebellion against God’s authority and living to undermine God’s mission in the world. The rest are sitting in neutral, somewhere between drive and reverse.

Those in the first position are the missionary superstars of the church. They preach, lead, or better yet, they go across the world to take the gospel to those who’ve never heard. Those in reverse are clear enemies to the gospel. They flaunt their depravity through heinous acts that are universally decried as wicked.

Then there’s everyone else—the mass of humanity who saunters through life in a seemingly neutral posture.

Some of these neutral people profess faith in Jesus yet perceive of their existence as morally and missionally neutral, devoid of meaning most of the time. Others do not believe, however their posture toward life differs little from their neutral, supposedly believing friends. They simply live making decisions and investing time in ways that have little significance beyond the meagre reach of their influence, or so they think.

I (Jeff) write about these themes in my book, Kingdom Matrix, where I suggest that, contrary to this tripartite way of thinking, there are ultimately two, not three, kingdoms in which we can live.

The first is the kingdom of God wherein our lives are caught up in the grand mission of God and infused with worth, value, and significance by virtue of this reality. The second is the kingdom of darkness that defies God’s authority and works to undermine or abate God’s mission through volitional sin or passive apathy.

Far too often we believe in a third kingdom, “a grey territory that would contain the bulk of my time and energy. Not good. Not evil. Just life…The problem with the Third Kingdom is that it doesn’t actually exist” (pg. 28).

My conclusion, while validated by Scripture’s testimony, falls on deaf ears far too often. What happens if we believe this third kingdom defined by missionary neutrality actually exists?

We Compartmentalize Our Lives

The impetus for the pervasive sacred-secular divide is found in neutral. If we erroneously believe that the majority of life is spent plodding through secular activities divorced from God-consciousness, then it’s easy to rationalize neutrality.

But if, as I’d submit, all of life is sacred and every activity, down to the most mundane, is done as an act of worship unto the Lord, then everything we do either propels God’s mission forward and fosters universal praise of his greatness or hinders the embodiment of his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

We Confuse Mission

Neutrality also confuses the mission of God’s people, suggesting that mission only applies to missionary superstars who devote the totality of their lives to gospel proclamation or to those actions by all the rest of us that fit the normative categorization of evangelism.

As such, only about 1% of the average person’s life would count at “mission,” and that percentage would only apply to the five-star Christians. The other 99% of our investment would not count—time spent showing hospitality, jump starting a neighbor’s car that won’t start, opening our hearts and our wallets to the widow or orphan, or sitting on a kid’s bed comforting them in their tears.

If we remove neutral from the vocabulary of the church, we reframe all of life as mission and animate all of life with God’s missionary purposes.

We Miss Joy

The economy of the kingdom of God redefines value. Those who participate in short-term missions often get a little taste of this truth. They invest money, travel to an unfamiliar context, and give a week to serve in ways they’d gripe about back home.

The result: Joy. Great joy. Joy found in pouring themselves into work that matters. Joy in storing up treasure in heaven. Joy in a sense of participation in God’s mission to save sinners and fix the world.

Joy and mission go hand in hand. When we claim to live in neutral we miss the joy God intended for his people.

If all of life is mission and mission is found in all of life, then we can experience joy in the trivial, hope in the mess, and peace in a life well-lived.

Language shapes culture, as evidenced by the fictitious sense of “neutral” among those who profess faith in Jesus. If we take neutral out of our vocabulary, it forces a reappraisal of every aspect of life in light of the key question: Is this enhancing or undermining the mission of God? There’s no place for neutral in that answer.

APOSTOLIC NEWS REPORTS

Last night at a meeting of most of the churches in La Paz we know of 4 people filled with the Holy Ghost.

In Cochabamba the group involved in teaching at a seminar for the churches in the area

Night before Br Nurse preached in Cochabamba, Bolivia . The power of God was great. Three people were filled with the Holy Ghost. Others were refilled. The altar was packed with souls seeking after God. The team worked hard last night. To God be the glory.

Pastor Stan Williams reports

We baptised 1 lady in Jesus name on Sunday at the new church at Wandsworth Common. (We set up this new work, ‘ The Throne Room’  in Wandsworth Common on 5th August after leaving the Clapham South location at the end of July so it’s only our 3rd service).

 

Liverpool

Two were baptized in Liverpool yesterday. Praise God !!

APOSTOLIC TRINITY LIVE

by Ret. Pastor George Duke

 

The bible is the most important book in our life. We should read it and encourage others to study it. We are living in the final moments of our age and need to be aware that long before our present day God told us what to expect.

Luke 21:28 ►
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

One Encounter With God Changes Everything

One encounter with God—that’s all it takes to shake up and radically transform a person’s life.

Editor and former Missionary, & Pastor George Duke will be giving his encounter with God and testimony Sunday June 11th at the Church on the Emerald Coast, 665 Denton Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547 in the morning service. If in the area or know someone in the area direct them to this service.  You can watch a live facebook recording of the service at 11:00 AM Sunday. Hundreds were filled with the Holy Ghost during his travels as a Missionary in the USA due to his remarkable Testimony and encounter with God.

An encounter with God gives hope to the hopeless, restoration to the broken and healing to the hurting. It isn’t complex and doesn’t need to be elaborate. A simple word, gentle action, honest story or humble prayer has the ability to lead people to an encounter with God that changes everything.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been given the honor of playing a pivotal role in sharing the Good News with the world, inviting others to experience the saving love of God. When we intentionally interact with the people around us, we see amazing things happen! That’s the goal of Encounter—to provide free tools and training to equip believers so they can intentionally and boldly share the gospel with the world.

It takes one ordinary pebble being tossed into a calm, glassy lake to create a ripple effect that keeps growing and growing. That’s the beauty of the gospel—it only takes one encounter to change everything.

Pastor Duke’s 9/11 Poem

Photo Credit: CBN News

Twas not day nor was it light

When she arose from the night

Would not be much more than an hour

That she would be at work in the tower

She got on her knees to pray as she knelt on the floor

Not just a sentence but a whole lot more

She prayed for her kids, her nation and kin

Not knowing that day of those horrible men

Who despised the life of others and their own

Thinking in their minds to their god they’d be known

So after her coffee and a roll

She left the house for the stroll

Up the lane and down the street

Smiling to all that she did meet

Twas not long fore she entered the door

Took the Elevator to the 73rd floor

Greeting co-workers as she took her seat

Picked up some fallen papers at her feet

Looking out the window suddenly she cried alas

As the plane came crashing through the glass

Now Satan their god was ever so pleased and laughed and shouted in glee

For that morning his followers had bowed to him on their knee

Twas Tuesday Sept 11th of that horrible day

When children in school were not allowed to pray

The pledge of allegiance was all they could speak

Before sitting at their desks with a squeak

But school was not out on that solemn day

When rules were broken as they sobbed and did pray

In school that day they prayed for those that did die

They cried to the God that was way up in the sky

Jesus our God looked down from above

Heard the cry of the people that he did love

He reached down his hands to the WTC

And took his children of that you can see

Many a person will never be found

Among the rubble that fell to the ground

Some there were not known and of little fame

But our Jesus knew them all by their Name

His promise is still true

For one day out of the blue

Jesus will come and above we will go

And we will be able to tell the world I told you so