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Key to the Missionary Problem Paperback – December 1, 1981

ISBN-13: 978-0875084015 ISBN-10: 087508401X

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  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: CLC Publications (December 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087508401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875084015
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That said, this book took me quite a while to read.
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And the answer? "It is simply a matter of being near enough to Jesus to hear His voice and so devoted to Him and His love as to be ready to do all His will."
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Many churches have even relegated individual soul winning as an archaic practice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Wagner on August 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Andrew Murray's book is one of the best books I've read in my Doctor of Ministries program. The postmodern culture in which we live has made personal evangelism a subject of derision and scorn. Many churches have even relegated individual soul winning as an archaic practice. Murray repeatedly makes the case that the reason soul winning is no longer fashionable is due to the lack of love we have for Jesus Christ Himself. Murray's book is like a breath of fresh air in an age when we focus on 'political correctness' and 'pluralism' and 'tolerance' to the exclusion of upholding the Biblical standard and obedience to the directive to go and make disciples of all peoples. If we claim to be Christian we cannot ignore Jesus' command to be His witnesses in the world to bring people to faith in Him. The Key to the Missionary Problem is a powerful, inspirational, work that should be read by every person who claims the title 'Christian'. The key to the problem is definitely a personal one; the solution to which is renewed love for Jesus and renewed love for those without faith in Jesus; enough love to share the message of salvation in Jesus Christ with them.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bwjr@iname.com on November 16, 1997
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In 1901, New York City was the site of a large and important Christain Missions Conference. No less than revivalists and missionary luminaries, Dwight Moody, Smith Wigglesworth and Hudson Taylor tried to persuade Andrew Murray of South Africa to minister wtih them. Andrew Murray declined - twice. The Missions Conference sessions were transcribed in their entirity and the manuscript sent to Murray. The Key to the Missionary Problem is his discerning and insightful response. He outlines in brief what he understood the other participants to say before launching an answer that hits a bullseye not even targeted by the others. A highligt from Chapter three gives a brilliant history of the Moravians (the present-day Brethren Congregationalists), the most successful missionary sending church since the days of Pentecost. Chapter six sets out a description of the evidence of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life that should delight and challenge even todays believers. The Key to the Missionary Problem is a "must read" for all of us who hold dear the ideal of a personal walk with Jesus Christ.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Willys Wrencher on April 30, 2010
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To start I would like to note that I love Andrew Murray's books. They are always so Christ focused, accept the Scripture as the final authority and promote genuine holiness.

Key to the Missionary Problem is no different. As a missionary, I concur with Andrew Murray that the vast majority of problems in promoting and carrying out missions is a lack of zeal and love for the Lord Jesus Christ. As I have travelled to many missions conferences, pastors conventions and churches in preparing to enter full time missionary service, I noticed that much of the emphasis in such conferences is on side issues rather than obeying the Great Commission out of pure love for Christ. We must love GOD above all else and MEN secondly. Any theology that promotes loving men over that of loving God is idolatrous.

Andrew Murray does not only present the problem but offers the solution. He gives pastors, missionaries and other Christian leaders the key to understanding the failure of the Church to complete the Great Commission after 2,000 years as well as the key to solving it.

This book also contains excellent information about great missions movements in the past, particularly the Moravians.

This book placed me under such conviction that it put me to the carpet in seeking God for personal revival. I shed tears, shouted, jumped with joy and couldn't wait to tell my wife and friends what great things I was reading.

A++ as usual for Andrew Murray
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HelenErnst on February 26, 2011
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This seems like the question that would be in the forefront of most people's minds when offered the opportunity to read a book written by someone as a response to a now obscure set of meetings that took place over a hundred years ago. And it was a question that also occurred to me when I selected this book to review through a promotion in Missions Frontiers magazine (a publication of the U.S. Center of World Mission).

Two factors led to my interest in this book. I recently reread some other books by Andrew Murray and found that they spoke to me in powerful and fresh ways. And I had personally been wrestling with what could be done to motivate more young people to make the Great Commission (Jesus' last instructions to His followers before His ascension) a priority in choosing their life work. The Key to the Missionary Problem seemed like it might be just the book I needed to give me fresh insight.

After prayerfully reading this book, I can say wholeheartedly that it exceeded my expectation. I loved the way that Murray looked at all the "good" solutions proposed at the conference and gently led the reader away from human effort and deeper into the heart of God. Murray taught by example by examining the source of spiritual vitality in the Moravians, one of the most successful sending bodies in Christian history, and in the life of Hudson Taylor, one of the most successful pioneer missionaries in modern history who lead breakthrough work in inland China and encouraging others to follow this vision.

After looking carefully at these two success stories, Murray follows by examining the principles that provided the source of the power behind them, focusing on passionate, prevailing prayer.
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