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Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience Paperback – April 1, 2010
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The conflict I found within the book deals with the conflict of real life and I don't know if it was really answered in this volume. The majority world is composed mostly of oral and narrative people. Passing along Gospel and Bible truth is done from generation to generation through stories and yet that problem is right here when it comes to training pastors. Pastors can pass along oral stories, but theological depth and preparing people for apologetics is not just for the western church. It is not something that just the literate can do. Obviously this was a major factor in the first century and it is today, but while Sills expounds the oral teaching methods I am not sure we have found the final link to putting theological depth in the hearts and minds of people through oral transmission. That is worth a good book and study!Read more ›
While this explosion of activity has clearly been a God-ordained, Spirit-led movement, M. David Sills in Reaching and Teaching stands up to say, "slow down" to the missionary establishment, calling readers' attention to the full scope of Christ's mandate for the nations. Sills, a former missionary in Ecuador and current professor of Christian missions and cultural anthropology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., points out that the fast-track approach to world evangelization often overlooks a key component of the missionary call that is biblically mandated and was historically integrated into mission enterprises--the theological training of national believers.
Sills looks at the state of some of the people groups who have been "reached" and finds that many individuals are falling into heresy, syncretism, and cults because of the lack of adequate training in Scripture and biblical application. He reports that the consistent response to his question for national leaders, "what is your greatest need?" is "more trained pastors."
The foundation of the book's argument is the second part of the Great Commission in Matthew 18:20a, "Teaching them to obey all that I commanded you.Read more ›
In many missionary circles, it has been the current trend to "evangelize" generically speaking, to share the gospel message with a people group and then pick up camp and go to the next unreached group, share the gospel with them, pick up camp, and move on to... the next unreached people group etc. There is an urgency in this pattern, which Sills does not patronize, but in the midst of this rote system, he questions that while many may hear the good news, what does that people group look like 5 or 10 years from now after the missionaries have gone? Are they still following Jesus? Do they understand the Bible? Is there discipleship? What is the health of the church?
My husband and I are fortunate to see many friends answer the call to missions, and this book prompted me to consider how we can best affect reached people long term and encourage missionaries beyond their initial call. It's through that intentional, life-long sacrifice of equipping and investing. I appreciated Sills insight into the many roles missionaries play, from breaking ground and starting churches, to discipleship and teaching and eventually passing on the ministries to qualified and trained leaders in the native church.Read more ›
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This book does an excellent job of presenting the need to teach those who will lead the work after the missionary leaves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Owens
No better book on the state of modern missions and calling us back to biblical missions.Published 1 month ago by the4cokes
A very unique missions book that takes a look at current trends in missions with both a theologically sound foundation, solidly biblical missiology, and experienced voice of a... Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by dghbooks
I wanted to read an alternative view to some of the other books about disciple making movements and appreciated this author's perspective. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by M. o'callaghan
Dr. Sills does a phenomenal job challenging the reader to pursue our calling in the Great Commission... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience by M. David Sills
David Sills, currently a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, previously... Read more
In Sills previous book he examined The Missionary Call. Reaching and Teaching is a great follow-up in his desire to educate about missions. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Corey S