The Church Is Bigger Than You Think: The Unfinished Work of World Evangelism Paperback – September 21, 2005
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'I thoroughly recommend this book... With this book in one hand and Operation World in the other, we have two strategic resources. Now all we have to do is go into the world and preach the gospel.'-- Stephen Gaukroger, Pastor, Bucks. UK
"an indispensable companion to "Operation World""-- Dr Kenneth B. Mulholland, academic dean at Colombia International University
About the Author
- Publisher : Christian Focus; 1st edition (September 21, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1857922697
- ISBN-13 : 978-1857922691
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.43 x 5.31 x 0.92 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I still am slightly disappointed with the common ideas of missions or theological trainings relation to the local church. I think there is a misunderstanding that there can somehow be an organization or entity outside of the local church that operates in the capacity of fulfilling God’s designs of building and advancing his church... and still somehow remains in some measure outside of it? It is inconsistent. In the book he goes through this subject thoroughly but I was slightly disappointed in his conclusions. He uses a lot of venn-diagrams, but I find it extremely unconvincing that the church should not be a large circle with the many other agencies and groups existing inside its parameters organically. He proposes that the three (local church, theological training, missions agency) co-exist with a unifying goal being the great commission.
If missions and theological training don’t explicitly grow organically out of the church—to what do they owe their existence? His answer seems to be God called them himself, so the church should not attempt to interfere—but Ofcourse, he says they should partner and work together since they share the same mission. This is awkward. I believe they share the same mission cause ultimately they both belong to the church. Christ has one body, one mission.
Otherwise the value in this book was hit or miss. HeartCry Missionary Society is the best resource I have found for missions. They have a article series on missions that is very insightful;biblically sound. They also do a YouTube #MissionsMonday where they give insight into on-the-field missions work. It has been priceless!
As somewhat of a `conservative evangelical' I found myself cringing at times with his more inclusive view of the Church. And at times, I did not necessarily agree with his interpretation of Isaiah 53. But these may need to be areas that I need to grow in.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reaching the world with the saving message of the cross. The church has been around for 2000 years, and there is still a lot of work for us to do. I believe this book will inform and challenge us about the unfinished task.