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The Ideal Missionary-Church Partnership

Aug. 28, 2015By: Evan Burns

Here is a sermon by Sinclair Ferguson, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC.  The sermon is on the role of a missionary-sending church's partnership in the gospel from Philippians 4:10-20.  (It's interesting that Philippi was not even Paul's initial "sending church").  His exposition is quite helpful and very well-articulated. 

022215930-partnership-puzzle-conceptFerguson outlines a few principles from this passage that should instruct the partnership of churches with their missionaries:

  1. The church has a genuine care for the missionaries. 
  2. The church longs to find avenues by which that care might blossom in practical ways.
  3. The church wants to be generous and honoring to the missionaries.
  4. Not only does the church send their gospel-driven missionaries, they also send their very best ministers to care for the missionaries when times are tough.
  5. The NT practice of fellowship is not based on affinity, interests, or just hanging out.  The NT word for "fellowship" (koinonia) is chiefly used for partnership with a purpose.  In other words, true biblical fellowship comes from caring for one another in the context of partnership for a mission.

 

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What Do Cross-Cultural Missionaries Cross Cultures For?

Jan. 2, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

A sermon by Michael Oh at the recent CROSS Conference.

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The Painful Process of a Leader-in-Training

Oct. 18, 2012By: Kristie Burns

The story of Joseph in Genesis has intrigued me since I first saw the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as an unbelieving middle schooler.  Then as a young believer attempting my first read-through-the-Bible cover to cover, I remember being appalled by Joseph's severe trials and dumbfounded by his forgiving response to his brothers.  

Recently the Lord led me back to the story of Joseph through the preaching of my husband's former seminary professor Dr. Arturo Azurdia III.  Dr. Azurdia is Senior Minister of Word and Worship at Trinity Church and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Pastoral Mentoring at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  

For anyone out there who has encountered trying circumstances (and who hasn't?), this sermon entitled The Painful Process of a Leader-in-Training is an edifying, timely word.   

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Teaching Truth with Gentleness

Aug. 3, 2012By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

Listen to this great sermon of Pastor Tom Steller.  Tom is currently the Dean of Bethlehem College and Seminary and the Vice-Chairman of TLI.

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