Missio Dei

One of the great misunderstandings of the church is the thought that missions is optional or peripheral. The very root of such thoughts is neglecting to see that the heart of world missions is the Missio Dei, the mission of God. If God is the designer, initiator, and engineer of missions, then it is not optional. Neither should those who stay and send neglect such a Master plan, nor should those who go to the nations ignore the Master’s hands. The Missio Dei must therefore be central to the missio ecclesiae, the mission of the church. 3 billion people in the world have yet to hear the Gospel – most of them live in “unreached nations” where less than 1% of the population is Christian. They will have little or no opportunity to hear the Gospel unless someone goes to bring the Good News. The whole of this endeavor from the choosing, training, supporting, praying, going, and sending is the missio ecclesiae in fulfillment of the Missio Dei. Let us not neglect the masses in our holy huddle. As KP Yohannan once wrote, “A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once, fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.”

Great resource for missions and reaching the unreached peoples of the world called
The Joshua Project:


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