Larry Sharp of IBEC Ventures joined us recently at To Every Tribe for a class on Business as Mission. Dr. Sharp presents the marketplace as a viable sphere for meaningful discipleship in mission.
Steve Weaver, Pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church, joined us recently for a class on the History of Christianity. Through this study, Steve helped our Missionary Trainees find encouragement and companionship in those who have wrestled through practical and doctrinal issues before us.
Dru Dodson joined us recently at the Center for Pioneer Church Planting for a class on Dependency in Cross-Cultural Ministry, helping our Missionary Trainees plant indigenously-led churches and avoid the pitfalls of creating dependency on perpetual missionary input.
Roger Stanage is an entrepreneur, an Elder in Hot Springs, AR, and a part-time missionary. Roger recently joined us for a class on Missions in the Marketplace, exploring how business can be a vibrant forum for global discipleship.
To Every Tribe’s Director of Field Training, Garry Weaver, blesses our Missionary Trainees with a class on prayer, worship, and the Holy Spirit. Nothing useful ever comes out of our strength, and this class is an opportunity to explore how integral prayer and the power of God Himself really are to the work of pioneer church planting in unreached people groups.
The Bible is full of “non-fiction” stories. In fact, approximately 60% of the Bible is narrative. And then, when we turn to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we find some of the most memorable, interesting, and well-known historical accounts of Jesus, his followers, and even his enemies.
However, those who teach the Bible, including missionaries, tend to gravitate toward the more obviously didactic portions of Scripture—and who can blame them? Books like Romans and Hebrews are glorious. Yet the gospel accounts, and particularly the narratives within, are extremely valuable for missionaries. I’m not saying that other parts of the gospel accounts or the New Testament are unimportant. I’m simply highlighting one particular portion of the New Testament—narratives in the Gospels—and I want to give several reasons why missionaries should study and teach them. More