Ray Van Neste is a teacher a Professor of Biblical Studies at Union University and the Director of R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies. He came to To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting this past week to teach a class on New Testament Survey. He explains why knowing the New Testament well is a vital ingredient of missionary training.
New Testament (NT) Survey is important for missionaries simply because missionaries need to know the Bible. The people we are going to do not need us. They need Jesus. And they will meet Jesus in His word. If we reach the furthest tribe, cross many rivers, climb the highest mountains, suffer many trials, and even give our bodies to be burned but bring not Jesus, we are nothing. We go because people need to hear from God. For this to happen we must know the Bible. In fact, missionaries need to be bible-saturated people. We will need the Bible to give us the message we preach, to teach us our methods, to feed our own souls, and to give us guidance, courage, and comfort. More