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Psalm 67:1

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

  that your way may be known on earth,

your saving power among all nations.

  Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

Please pray and prepare to participate in the Perspectives course that is being offered at Covenant Presbyterian Church, beginning on Tuesday, January 16th, at 6:00 PM.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a 14-week discipleship course that will open your eyes to God’s heart for the nations and show you how you can be a part of his Plan for Global Redemption. Whether you are a freshman in college or the CEO of a business, each of us has a key role in making disciples of ALL nations through praying, welcoming, mobilizing, sending, and going.

We pray that you will register and participate in the course.  Those of you who do so will always be glad that you did.

The Perspectives course walks through four different vantage points: biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic as you hear from 14 different instructors who tie in their own personal experiences with the lesson. With each week, you will gain a greater sense of purpose for your own life and a further understanding of the task placed before us.

The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historical fact of God’s relentless work from the dawn of history until this day.

The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very “do-able” task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.

God has a “world-sized” role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is that most people want to live a life of purpose. Discovering that purpose makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

WHEN:   Tuesdays | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Jan. 16th – April 24th

WHERE: Covenant Presbyterian Church | 445 Shelton Mill Rd, Auburn, AL 36830

The website with all the class info is www.perspectives.org

Click the “Find a Class Near You” button at the bottom of the web page to find the Auburn class and register.

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Psalm 96

Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

Please pray and prepare to participate in the Perspectives course that is being offered at Covenant Presbyterian Church, beginning in January. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a 14 week discipleship course that will open your eyes to God’s heart for the nations and show you how you can be a part of his Plan for Global Redemption. Whether you are a freshman in college or the CEO of a business, each of us have a key role in making disciples of ALL nations through praying, welcoming, mobilizing, sending, and going. The Perspectives course walks through four different vantage points: biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic as you hear from 14 different instructors who tie in their own personal experiences with the lesson. With each week, you will gain a greater sense of purpose for your own life and a further understanding of the task placed before us.

The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God’s relentless work from the dawn of history until this day. The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very “do-able” task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope. God has a “world-sized” role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is that most people want to live a life of purpose. Discovering that purpose makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

WHEN: Tuesdays | 6:00pm – 9:00 pm | Jan. 16th – April 24th

WHERE: Covenant Presbyterian Church | 445 Shelton Mill Rd, Auburn , AL 36830

The website with all the class info is www.perspectives.org
Click the “Find a Class Near You” button at the bottom of the web page to find the Auburn class and register.

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Is God Reviving Europe through Refugees?

One of the ways in which God is reviving Christianity in Europe is through refugees. They may be the least likely agents, and what is happening is a highly unexpected means for a major move of God. However, that is surely what the Christmas story is all about: a teenage girl, a carpenter, a manger, shepherds, Persian astrologers, Bethlehem, and the like. God breaks into our world where we least expect it. Refugees are God-bearers (Theotokos) reviving the stagnant churches in Europe, used by God in the same way that he has always operated through people who are willing to risk all to bring him into our worlds.

Refugees are God-bearers reviving the stagnant churches in Europe, used by God in the same way that he has always operated through people who are willing to risk all to bring him into our worlds.

After all, practicing hospitality to strangers is not just about offering something to the newcomers, but also experiencing how strangers bless host nations in unexpected ways. Opening our hearts and neighborhoods to people who are familiar with hospitality as part of their culture and who are unlike ourselves brings divine favor upon the land and its people. Surely that is what mission is all about. It is not that we are changing the world, but that God wants to change us by letting us see what he is doing in the world in the least expected places and through the least likely agents.

Extracted from; Lausanne Global Analysis · May 2017 · Volume 6 / Issue 3.

Is God Reviving Europe through Refugees? Turning the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Times into One of the Greatest Mission Opportunities, by Sam George

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Migration and Church Planting

In the New Testament migration was a key factor in the advance of the church. Paul ends his epistle to the Romans with greetings to a long list of people he had met throughout the Roman Empire, who have all ended up in Rome. A constant migration took place within the Roman Empire, somewhat like our experience in the twenty-first century. Rome, the center of cultural, economic, and political power, attracted migrants just as today, rich countries draw people from underdeveloped countries seeking jobs, security, and a future.

In the New Testament, we see Christian mission taking place among people on the move. The founders of the Antioch church (Acts 11:19) were people scattered by religious persecution.

In the past few years, huge numbers of refugees have migrated from the Middle East and North Africa.  Near us, in Clarkston, Georgia, is said to be the most diverse population in the world contained within one square mile.  This population is made up of refugees temporarily located there after being cleared and accepted by the National Immigration Service.  Some of those refugees probably are Christians who have been displaced from their home culture. Almost certainly, many of them do not know Christ, and may have displaced and relocated to prepare them to respond to the work of the Holy Spirit and believe the gospel.

Auburn is a new home for many migrants, many as students at the university, some as workers, and perhaps some seeking a better, safer life, and perhaps some as refugees from persecution.

Pray and think about how God can use you to help build his Church among migrants.

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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

God has a “world-sized” role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

Perspectives is a fifteen-week course designed around four vantage points or “perspectives” — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God’s global purpose. The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God’s relentless work from the dawn of history until this day. The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very “do-able” task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.

This important course for all serious Christians will be offered at Covenant next year with a class each Tuesday evening beginning on January 16.  The course will conclude on April 24.  Please plan to participate.

Visit the Perspectives website: https://class.perspectives.org/Visitor/Public.aspx?ClassId=433667 for more information.

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Do You Have A Holy Ambition?

The apostle Paul had a holy ambition—to preach the gospel to people who had never heard.  He ached to proclaim Jesus where he had not yet been named.

So today, missionaries cross cultures, learn languages, and pour out their lives in word and deed to break through thousands of years of darkness and the reign of Satan over a people who do not know the King of kings and the Savior of the world.  Missionaries go to, and minister among, peoples who otherwise have little or no access to the saving news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

And since Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to make disciples of all nations is still in effect—and since there are thousands of peoples today who have never heard of him—every church should pray that God would not only make all us evangelists among our own people but also that he would raise up from among us missionaries to take the gospel where it has never gone before.

This message is quoted from A HOLY AMBITION: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named, a collection of sermons by John Piper, compiled by the Desiring God Foundation, 2011.

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Do You Have A Holy Ambition?

The apostle Paul had a holy ambition—to preach the gospel to people who had never heard. He ached to proclaim Jesus where he had not yet been named.
So today, missionaries cross cultures, learn languages, and pour out their lives in word and deed to break through thousands of years of darkness and the reign of Satan over a people who do not know the King of kings and the Savior of the world. Missionaries go to, and minister among, peoples who otherwise have little or no access to the saving news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
And since Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to make disciples of all nations is still in effect—and since there are thousands of peoples today who have never heard of him—every church should pray that God would not only make all us evangelists among our own people, but also that he would raise up from among us missionaries to take the gospel where it has never gone before.
This message is quoted from A HOLY AMBITION: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named, a collection of sermons by John Piper, compiled by the Desiring God Foundation, 2011.

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OneStory Missions

I am off to Cameroon next month, leaving Nov 13. I will go to teach Oral Bible storying at a course (known as i-Delta) that is run by Bible translators in Cameroon. I-Delta trains national Bible translators and gives them academic credit, in a part of the world where such credit is very difficult to come by, especially when related to Bible translation. My contribution will be to remind them of the need for oral Bible stories, as well as a print Bible. The course will run for about 10 days in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.

On the 4th of December, I will meet Audu (from Nigeria) in another town in Cameroon where there is a recording studio. The goal will be to complete the recording of the story set in Audu’s language that was begun about 4-5 years ago. This story project was originally sponsored by Trans World Radio (TWR) so the stories could be broadcast on the TWR transmitter in Benin, Africa. My wife Lois and I lived in Nigeria in 2009-2010 to help Audu work on the stories. Pray for this recording project to go well, so that all the stories will be finally available for Audu’s people. Recording success will also enable Audu and his friends to go back to Nigeria with all the stories on SD cards. The cards can go into peoples’ phones who want to hear the stories!

These people have a history of tremendous resistance to the Gospel message, so pray for this project. It should have finished more than 5 years ago, but there is enormous opposition in the spirit realm. (NOTE: The name of the language/people is purposely left out, due to the sensitivity of the project, as illustrated in the first part of this letter.) Thanks for lifting this up to the Lord of the harvest! I am scheduled to return to Auburn on December 12th.

In His Service,
Tim Hunter
OneStory Administrator

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

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.”  (Matthew 28:18-20)

This is the Good News of the Kingdom.  Christ has wrestled authority away from Satan. The Kingdom of God has attacked the kingdom of Satan; this evil age has been assaulted by The Age to Come in the person of Christ.  All authority is now his. He will not display this authority in its final glorious victory until he comes again, but the authority is now his.

“Go, therefore.” Wherefore? Because all authority, all power, is his, and because he is waiting until we have finished our task.  His is the Kingdom; he reigns in heaven and he manifests his reign on earth in and through his church.  When we have accomplished our mission, he will return and establish his kingdom in glory.  To us it is given not only to wait for, but also to hasten, the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:12).  This is the mission of the gospel of the kingdom, and this is our mission.

Quoted from “The Gospel of the Kingdom,” by George Eldon Ladd, in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Ralph Winter and Steven Hawthorne, William Carey Library, Pasadena, CA, 1999.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

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The Living God is a Missionary God

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)

The nations are not gathered in automatically.  If God has promised to bless all the nations of the earth, he has done so through Abraham’s seed (Genesis 12:3, 22:18).  Now we Christians are Abraham’s seed by faith, and the earth’s families will be blessed only as we go to them with the gospel.  That is God’s plain purpose.

I pray that the words, “all the nations of the earth will be blessed because you have obeyed my voice,” (Genesis 22:18) may be written on our hearts.  Our God is a missionary God.

Adapted from, “The Living God is a Missionary God”, by John R. Stott, published in Perspectives on the World Missionary Movement: A Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne, William Carey Library, Pasadena, CA, 1999.