Steve Weaver is a Pastor in Frankfort, Kentucky and an Adjunct Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined us recently at To Every Tribe for a missionary training class on the history of missions. Steve discusses the significance of church history and the value and encouragement it can bring to pioneer church planters.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”
“And he (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.'”
As many of you know, To Every Tribe, the mission agency through whom I am sent as a missionary, has as their mission statement the following: To Every Tribe exists to extend the worship of Christ among all peoples by mobilizing the church, training disciple-makers and sending missionary teams to plant churches among the unreached.
In other words, this mission statement is simply an attempt to capture, with a little more specifics, what Matthew (28:18-20) and Mark (16:15-16) have communicated to us, the church.
“God’s work, done God’s way, will not lack God’s supply.” This Hudson Taylor quote was the first word of encouragement my pastor gave me as I began a decade long career at Covenant College, the denominational college of the Presbyterian Church in America. Having just left the industrial and rather brash world of the concrete industry to enter the world of Christian higher education, I expected to experience a major paradigm shift in how I approached my work. The Lord soon showed me that this was flawed thinking. Whether I worked in a secular environment or a Christian one, my work philosophy and ethic should have been the same. Hudson Taylor’s biblical paraphrase soon began to have a major impact on my work life. More